of, relating to, or characteristic of novels.

Origin of novelistic

First recorded in 1825–35; novel1 + -istic
Related formsnov·el·is·ti·cal·ly, adverb Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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Historical Examples of novelistic

  • This, I take it, is the novelistic imagination of which we hear so much.

    Happy House

    Betsey Riddle, Freifrau von Hutten zum Stolzenberg

  • It was a pen name devised by the feminine member of the novelistic firm.


    Albert Payson Terhune

  • Define the three moods of fiction,––epic, dramatic, and novelistic.

  • You know, Primrose, my gifts lie in the poetic and novelistic line.

  • But intuition of character was a forte with Miss Edgeworth and the grand secret of her novelistic success.

    Maria Edgeworth

    Helen Zimmern

British Dictionary definitions for novelistic



of or characteristic of novels, esp in style or method of treatmenthis novelistic account annoyed other historians
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