[ ahr-tis-tik ]
See synonyms for: artisticartistically on

  1. conforming to the standards of art; satisfying aesthetic requirements: artistic productions.

  2. showing skill or excellence in execution: artistic workmanship.

  1. exhibiting taste, discriminating judgment, or sensitivity: an artistic arrangement of flowers; artistic handling of a delicate diplomatic situation.

  2. exhibiting an involvement in or appreciation of art, especially the fine arts: He had wide-ranging artistic interests.

  3. involving only aesthetic considerations, usually taken as excluding moral, practical, religious, political, or similar concerns: artistic principles.

  4. of art or artists: artistic works.

  5. of, like, or thought of as characteristic of an artist: an artistic temperament.

Origin of artistic

First recorded in 1745–55; artist + -ic
  • Also ar·tis·ti·cal .

Other words from artistic

  • ar·tis·ti·cal·ly, adverb
  • in·ter·ar·tis·tic, adjective
  • non·ar·tis·tic, adjective
  • non·ar·tis·ti·cal, adjective
  • non·ar·tis·ti·cal·ly, adverb
  • pre·ar·tis·tic, adjective
  • pseu·do·ar·tis·tic, adjective
  • pseu·do·ar·tis·ti·cal·ly, adverb
  • qua·si-ar·tis·tic, adjective
  • qua·si-ar·tis·ti·cal·ly, adverb
  • un·ar·tis·tic, adjective
  • un·ar·tis·ti·cal·ly, adverb

Words that may be confused with artistic Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2024

How to use artistic in a sentence

British Dictionary definitions for artistic


/ (ɑːˈtɪstɪk) /

  1. of or characteristic of art or artists

  2. performed, made, or arranged decoratively and tastefully; aesthetically pleasing

  1. appreciative of and sensitive to beauty in art

  2. naturally gifted with creative skill

Derived forms of artistic

  • artistically, adverb

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