[ graf-ik ]
/ ˈgræf ɪk /
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adjective Also graph·i·cal.


a product of the graphic arts, as a drawing or print.
a computer-generated image.



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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.


Definition for graphic (2 of 2)


a combination of -graph and -ic, forming adjectives corresponding to nouns ending in -graph: telegraphic.
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British Dictionary definitions for graphic



/ (ˈɡræfɪk) /


vividly or clearly describeda graphic account of the disaster
sexually explicit
of or relating to writing or other inscribed representationsgraphic symbols
maths using, relating to, or determined by a grapha graphic representation of the figures
of or relating to the graphic arts
geology having or denoting a texture formed by intergrowth of the crystals to resemble writinggraphic granite

Derived forms of graphic

graphically or graphicly, adverbgraphicalness or graphicness, noun

Word Origin for graphic

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