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picturesque

[pik-chuh-resk]
adjective
  1. visually charming or quaint, as if resembling or suitable for a painting: a picturesque fishing village.
  2. (of writing, speech, etc.) strikingly graphic or vivid; creating detailed mental images: a picturesque description of the Brazilian jungle.
  3. having pleasing or interesting qualities; strikingly effective in appearance: a picturesque hat.
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Origin of picturesque

1695–1705; < French pittoresque < Italian pittoresco (pittor(e) painter1 + -esco -esque), with assimilation to picture
Related formspic·tur·esque·ly, adverbpic·tur·esque·ness, nounun·pic·tur·esque, adjectiveun·pic·tur·esque·ly, adverbun·pic·tur·esque·ness, noun
Can be confusedpicaresque picturesque

Synonyms

2. Picturesque, graphic, vivid apply to descriptions that produce a strong, especially a visual, impression. Picturesque is a less precise term than the other two. A picturesque account, though striking and interesting, may be inaccurate or may reflect personal ideas: He called the landscape picturesque. A graphic account is more objective and factual: it produces a clear, definite impression, and carries conviction. A vivid account is told with liveliness and intenseness; the description is so interesting, or even exciting, that the reader or hearer may be emotionally stirred.
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Examples from the Web for picturesqueness

Historical Examples

  • It was roomy, cool, and comfortable, with a picturesqueness all its own.

    Louisiana Lou

    William West Winter

  • The picturesqueness of this scene has been remarked by many writers.

  • What they did was greatly to further the picturesqueness and joy of life.

  • The ill-temper had lost its picturesqueness, and become worse than grotesque.

    Kept in the Dark

    Anthony Trollope

  • The picturesqueness of the place and people were only equalled by the stinks.

    Memoirs

    Charles Godfrey Leland


British Dictionary definitions for picturesqueness

picturesque

adjective
  1. visually pleasing, esp in being striking or vivida picturesque view
  2. having a striking or colourful character, nature, etc
  3. (of language) graphic; vivid
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Derived Formspicturesquely, adverbpicturesqueness, noun

Word Origin

C18: from French pittoresque (but also influenced by picture), from Italian pittoresco, from pittore painter, from Latin pictor
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Word Origin and History for picturesqueness

picturesque

adj.

1703, on pattern of French pittoresque, a loan-word from Italian pittoresco, literally "pictorial" (1660s), from pittore "painter," from Latin pictorem (nominative pictor); see painter (n.1). As a noun from 1749. Related: Picturesquely; picturesqueness.

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