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[see-nik, sen-ik]
adjective Also sce·ni·cal.
  1. of or relating to natural scenery.
  2. having pleasing or beautiful scenery.
  3. of or relating to the stage or to stage scenery.
  4. representing a scene, action, or the like.
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  1. a photograph, graphic representation, etc., depicting natural scenery.
  2. a scenic tour: to arrange scenics in advance.
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Origin of scenic

1615–25; < Latin scēnicus < Greek skēnikós theatrical. See scene, -ic
Related formssce·ni·cal·ly, adverbun·sce·nic, adjectiveun·sce·ni·cal·ly, adverb
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Examples from the Web for scenical

Historical Examples

  • All this forms the scenical picture at the drawing up the curtain.

    A Treatise on the Art of Dancing

    Giovanni-Andrea Gallini

  • But what sort of compassion is this for feigned and scenical passions?

  • What of scenical shows, the applause and favors of the kind Roman?

  • His compositions dazzle by an appearance of the grand style, but attain only an outward and scenical effect.

  • But the essential and informing principle of foreign society is the scenical, and the nisus after display.

British Dictionary definitions for scenical


  1. of or relating to natural scenery
  2. having beautiful natural scenerya scenic drive
  3. of or relating to the stage or stage scenery
  4. (in painting) representing a scene, such as a scene of action or a historical event
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Derived Formsscenically, adverb
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Word Origin and History for scenical



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.

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