adjective graph·ic \ˈgra-fik\

: shown or described in a very clear way

: relating to the artistic use of pictures, shapes, and words especially in books and magazines

Full Definition of GRAPHIC

a :  of or relating to the pictorial arts; also :  pictorial
b :  of, relating to, or involving such reproductive methods as those of engraving, etching, lithography, photography, serigraphy, and woodcut
c :  of or relating to the art of printing
d :  relating or according to graphics
:  formed by writing, drawing, or engraving
usually graphic
a :  marked by clear lifelike or vividly realistic description
b :  vividly or plainly shown or described <a graphic sex scene>
usually graphical :  of, relating to, or represented by a graph
:  of or relating to the written or printed word or the symbols or devices used in writing or printing to represent sound or convey meaning
graph·i·cal·ly \-fi-k(ə-)lē\ adverb
graph·ic·ness \-fik-nəs\ noun

Variants of GRAPHIC

graph·ic also graph·i·cal \-fi-kəl\

Examples of GRAPHIC

  1. <the report offered many graphic details about the devastating earthquake that rocked the area>
  2. <got a degree in graphic design>

Origin of GRAPHIC

Latin graphicus, from Greek graphikos, from graphein
First Known Use: 1637

Synonym Discussion of GRAPHIC

graphic, vivid, picturesque mean giving a clear visual impression in words. graphic stresses the evoking of a clear lifelike picture <a graphic account of combat>. vivid suggests an impressing on the mind of the vigorous aliveness of something <a vivid re-creation of an exciting event>. picturesque suggests the presentation of a striking or effective picture composed of features notable for their distinctness and charm <a picturesque account of his travels>.

Other Fine Arts Terms

Gothic, baroque, bas-relief, limn, oeuvre, pastiche, rococo, sfumato

Rhymes with GRAPHIC



graphics : pictures or images on the screen of a computer, television, etc.

: a picture, drawing, or graph used as a decoration or to make something (such as magazine article) easier to understand

Full Definition of GRAPHIC

a :  a product of graphic art
b plural :  the graphic media
a :  a graphic representation (as a picture, map, or graph) used especially for illustration
b :  a pictorial image displayed on a computer screen <the program's graphics are impressive>
c plural but sing or plural in constr :  the art or science of drawing a representation of an object on a two-dimensional surface according to mathematical rules of projection
plural but sing or plural in constr :  the process whereby a computer displays graphics
:  a printed message superimposed on a television picture

Examples of GRAPHIC

  1. She illustrated her talk with a graphic showing state population growth.
  2. <the use of graphics in the text of the dictionary helps to break up the visual monotony of the page>

First Known Use of GRAPHIC


Rhymes with GRAPHIC


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