artistic

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See also: artístic

English[edit]

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Borrowed from French artistique, from artiste + -ique. Surface analysis artist + -ic.

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artistic (comparative more artistic, superlative most artistic)

  1. Having or revealing creative skill.
    • 1865 April 16, Walt Whitman, “Death of President Lincoln”, in Specimen Days, Philadelphia: Rees Welsh & Co., published 1882–83, page 68:
      He [Abraham Lincoln] leaves for America’s history and biography, so far, not only its most dramatic reminiscence—he leaves, in my opinion, the greatest, best, most characteristic, artistic, moral personality.
  2. Relating to or characteristic of art or artists.
    • 1890, James Abbott McNeill Whistler, “The Picture Defended”, in Sheridan Ford, editor, The Gentle Art of Making Enemies, New York: Frederick Stokes & Brother, page 69–70:
      Art should be independent of all clap-trap—should stand alone, and appeal to the artistic sense of eye or ear, without confounding this with emotions entirely foreign to it, as devotion, pity, love, patriotism, and the like.
  3. Aesthetically pleasing.
    • 1855, Herbert Spencer, “Æsthetic Sentiments”, in The Principles of Psychology, volume II, New York: D. Appleton and Company, published 1877, page 640:
      To be artistic, that is, to excite the feeling of beauty effectually, the notes must not be all forte or all piano ; and the execution is the finer the more numerous the gradations—supposing these are such as to satisfy other requirements.

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artistic (comparative more artistic, superlative most artistic)

  1. (nonstandard) Artistically, in an artistic style.
    • 1963, Geoffrey Tolhurst, Flat 4 Kings Cross, Sydney: Horwitz Publications, published 1966, page 100:
      'You've got to do it artistic. Here, like this.'
    Antonym: inartistic

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Romanian[edit]

Etymology[edit]

Borrowed from French artistique.

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artistic m, n (feminine singular artistică, masculine plural artistici, feminine and neuter plural artistice)

  1. artistic

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