[ graf-ik ]
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adjectiveAlso graph·i·cal.
  1. giving a clear and effective picture; vivid: a graphic account of an earthquake.

  2. pertaining to the use of diagrams, graphs, mathematical curves, or the like; diagrammatic.

  1. of, relating to, or expressed by writing: graphic symbols.

  2. written, inscribed, or drawn.

  3. depicted in a realistic or vivid manner: graphic sex and violence.

  4. containing graphic descriptions: a graphic movie.

  5. Geology. (of a rock) having a texture formed by the intergrowth of certain minerals so as to resemble written characters.

  6. Mathematics. pertaining to the determination of values, solution of problems, etc., by direct measurement on diagrams instead of by ordinary calculations.

  7. of or relating to the graphic arts.

  1. a product of the graphic arts, as a drawing or print.

  2. a computer-generated image.

Origin of graphic

First recorded in 1630–40; from Latin graphicus “of painting or drawing,” from Greek graphikós “able to draw or paint,” equivalent to gráph(ein) “to draw, write” + -ikos-ic; cognate with carve

synonym study For graphic

1. See picturesque.

Other words for graphic

Other words from graphic

  • graph·i·cal·ly, adverb
  • graph·i·cal·ness, graph·ic·ness, noun
  • non·graph·ic, adjective
  • non·graph·i·cal, adjective
  • non·graph·i·cal·ly, adverb
  • non·graph·i·cal·ness, noun
  • un·graph·ic, adjective
  • un·graph·i·cal, adjective
  • un·graph·i·cal·ly, adverb

Other definitions for -graphic (2 of 2)


  1. a combination of -graph and -ic, forming adjectives corresponding to nouns ending in -graph: telegraphic. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

How to use graphic in a sentence

British Dictionary definitions for graphic



/ (ˈɡræfɪk) /

  1. vividly or clearly described: a graphic account of the disaster

  2. sexually explicit

  1. of or relating to writing or other inscribed representations: graphic symbols

  2. maths using, relating to, or determined by a graph: a graphic representation of the figures

  3. of or relating to the graphic arts

  4. geology having or denoting a texture formed by intergrowth of the crystals to resemble writing: graphic granite

Origin of graphic

C17: from Latin graphicus, from Greek graphikos, from graphein to write; see carve

Derived forms of graphic

  • graphically or graphicly, adverb
  • graphicalness or graphicness, noun

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