adjective Also sce·ni·cal.
Origin of scenic
Examples from the Web for scenical
Historical Examples of scenical
All this forms the scenical picture at the drawing up the curtain.A Treatise on the Art of Dancing
But what sort of compassion is this for feigned and scenical passions?The Confessions of Saint Augustine
What of scenical shows, the applause and favors of the kind Roman?The Works of Horace
His compositions dazzle by an appearance of the grand style, but attain only an outward and scenical effect.The History of Modern Painting, Volume 2 (of 4)
But the essential and informing principle of foreign society is the scenical, and the nisus after display.
1620s, "of or belonging to the stage or drama, theatrical," from French scénique (14c.) and directly from Latin scaenicus "dramatic, theatrical," from Greek skenikos, from skene (see scene). Meaning "of or belonging to natural scenery" is recorded from 1842. Of roads, etc., "offering fine views," recorded since 1885. Scenic railway is recorded from 1886. Related: Scenically.