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  1. not conforming to the standards of art; not aesthetically appealing: The architecture was crude and unartistic.
  2. lacking the skill of an artist or artisan: It’s obvious these are copies, from an assortment of unartistic clods.
  3. lacking an involvement in or appreciation of the fine arts: Her formal education was decidedly unartistic.
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Origin of unartistic

First recorded in 1835–40; un-1 + artistic
Related formsun·ar·tis·ti·cal·ly, adverb
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Examples from the Web for unartistic

Historical Examples

  • This is unartistic on my part, and shows want of imagination as well as want of skill.

    Doctor Thorne

    Anthony Trollope

  • What is not in Scripture is legendary and unartistic, because necessarily at variance with scriptural truth.

  • To the artist his work is interesting as a completely successful expression of an unartistic nature.

  • Whatever force we give to the reproach of want of elevation, etc., the only impossible theme is the unartistic.

  • He felt that however superficial and unartistic the American might be, he was nevertheless no fool.