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[ im-presh-uh-nist ]


  1. a person who follows or adheres to the theories, methods, and practices of impressionism, especially in the fields of painting, music, or literature.
  2. an entertainer who does impressions.


  1. (usually initial capital letter) Fine Arts. of, relating to, or characteristic of Impressionism:

    Impressionist paintings; Impressionist artists.

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  • im·pression·istic adjective
  • im·pression·isti·cal·ly adverb
  • nonim·pression·istic adjective
  • semi-im·pression·istic adjective

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Word History and Origins

Origin of impressionist1

From the French word impressionniste, dating back to 1875–80. See impression, -ist

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Example Sentences

It’s not unlike what happened in the 1840s, when the camera was invented, which freed artists from a too literal interpretation of nature, and opened the doors for the impressionists.

Tired of the classical sculptures, impressionist paintings, and chipped ancient relics you stroll past at your local art museum?

The Daily Pic: In the 1890s, the great Post-Impressionist used canvas the way others used paper.

Another talented impressionist is theater actress Rachel York.

The Met comes close to that goal in its current show on Impressionist dress—which was organized by a paintings expert.

Bremer says he paints in a style best described as “American impressionist—primitive.”

You should understand what "impressionism" really is, and what it is not, and what the impressionist stands for.

It is nothing to brag of, even if a man struggling against natural medievalism have entrenched himself in impressionist theory.

I can't quite understand all this now, but it seemed a very picturesque, impressionist description when I wrote it.

My pictures may have possessed a shade too much of the impressionist character.

Another on "Dragon-Flies" is delightful because of its impressionist translations of Japanese poems.


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