See also: artístic
- (General American) IPA(key): /ɑɹˈtɪstɪk/
- (Received Pronunciation) IPA(key): /ɑːˈtɪstɪk/
- Rhymes: -ɪstɪk
- Hyphenation: ar‧tist‧ic
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- (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
having creative skill
relating to art or artists
declension of artistic