of or relating to style.

Sometimes sty·lis·ti·cal.

Origin of stylistic

First recorded in 1855–60; style + -istic
Related formssty·lis·ti·cal·ly, adverb
Can be confusedstylish stylistic Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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Contemporary Examples of stylistic

Historical Examples of stylistic

  • Yet the decorative prodigality of this master corresponded to the frigid and stylistic graces of the neo-Latin poets.

    Renaissance in Italy Vol. 3

    John Addington Symonds

  • Stylistic obsession and the taste for material beauty ended in mechanical prettiness, altogether inexpressive or sentimental.


    Clive Bell

  • But they are a discharge of passion, so that their stylistic merits vary much.

    Romain Rolland

    Stefan Zweig

  • The stylistic argument shows the Theaetetus relatively early.

  • Germany shows the same technical and stylistic tendencies and the same evolutionary direction as France.

    Men of the Old Stone Age

    Henry Fairfield Osborn

British Dictionary definitions for stylistic



of or relating to style, esp artistic or literary style
Derived Formsstylistically, adverb
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Word Origin and History for stylistic

1860; see style + -istic.

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