adjective Also graph·i·cal.


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

Origin of graphic

1630–40; < Latin graphicus of painting or drawing < Greek graphikós able to draw or paint, equivalent to gráph(ein) to draw, write + -ikos -ic; cognate with carve
Related formsgraph·i·cal·ly, adverbgraph·i·cal·ness, graph·ic·ness, nounnon·graph·ic, adjectivenon·graph·i·cal, adjectivenon·graph·i·cal·ly, adverbnon·graph·i·cal·ness, nounun·graph·ic, adjectiveun·graph·i·cal, adjectiveun·graph·i·cal·ly, adverb

Synonyms for graphic Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for graphically

Contemporary Examples of graphically

Historical Examples of graphically

  • I give the rsum, graphically: A troop of sparrows on the roof in the morning; calm, they make their toilet.

  • It all comes back to you so vividly, so graphically, so impressively.

    Discourses of Keidansky

    Bernard G. Richards

  • Who can write so graphically the history of the storms they have weathered as these rents have done?

  • Will be much admired by the lovers of 'the good old times,' which the author describes so graphically.

    John Marvel, Assistant

    Thomas Nelson Page

  • Whether the story is true or not, it graphically illustrates the arrogance as well as the services of Cortez.

    The Spanish Pioneers

    Charles F. Lummis

British Dictionary definitions for graphically




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 Formsgraphically 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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Word Origin and History for graphically



"vivid," 1570s (implied in graphically), from Latin graphicus "picturesque," from Greek graphikos "of or for writing, belonging to drawing, picturesque," from graphe "writing, drawing," from graphein "to write" (see -graphy). Meaning "of or pertaining to drawing" is from 1756. Related: Graphically. Graphic design is attested by 1956. Graphic equalizer is from 1969.

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