ar·​tis·​tic | \ är-ˈtis-tik How to pronounce artistic (audio) \

Definition of artistic

1 : of, relating to, or characteristic of art or artists artistic subjects an artistic success
2 : showing imaginative skill in arrangement or execution artistic photography

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artistically \ -​ti-​k(ə-​)lē How to pronounce artistically (audio) \ adverb

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nonartistic, noncultural

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Examples of artistic in a Sentence

a work of artistic value He shows real artistic talent. Both of my children are very artistic.
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Through artistic expression utilizing the canvas of quilts, the artists of Women of Color Quilters Network have produced works reflecting social commentary on the civil rights movement and issues of race in America. Luann Gibbs,, "Things to do in Cincinnati this week: June 10-16," 9 June 2019 The Emerging Artist Award recognizes younger artists as well as those rediscovering their love of artistic expression later in life. Anne Gelhaus, The Mercury News, "Cupertino community briefs for the week of June 7," 7 June 2019 Beyond the National Theatre, and its focus on creativity and artistic expression, Mayhew is an animal charity that focuses on the welfare of cats and dogs in particular. Katherine J. Igoe, Marie Claire, "Meghan Markle Receives Not One But Four Royal Patronages," 10 Jan. 2019 Yellow Dragon/Young Tiger Taekwondo Classes This class teaches self-defense, physical fitness and artistic expression for ages 5-12. Mary Lou Cruz,, "Davie area events July 18-28," 14 July 2018 Phillips contended that the law violated both freedom of speech — since designing the cake was, in his view, an act of artistic expression — and freedom of religion. Bob Egelko, San Francisco Chronicle, "High court’s ruling on baker’s refusal to make same-sex wedding cake: mixed," 4 June 2018 Kro-Art is all for artistic expression, and indeed, his gallery is a riot of signs, colors and lights. Jean Marbella,, "Wandering buskers and topless sunbathers take Ocean City to court," 23 May 2018 What followed was a year and a half of unprecedented creative experimentation, as Griffith — working mainly with Bitzer as his cameraman — produced a series of short films that essentially defined a new mode of artistic expression. Longreads, "When the Movies Went West," 15 May 2018 Thierry Frémaux, the festival’s artistic director, shared his support for Delon on stage while presenting the award, according to The New York Times. Sophie Saint Thomas, Allure, "Why Everyone Is Talking About Sand Van Roy's Stunning Feminist Tattoo at Cannes," 21 May 2019

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First Known Use of artistic

circa 1753, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of artistic was circa 1753

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English Language Learners Definition of artistic

: relating to art or artists
: having or showing the skill of an artist


ar·​tis·​tic | \ är-ˈti-stik How to pronounce artistic (audio) \

Kids Definition of artistic

1 : relating to art or artists
2 : having or showing skill and imagination

Other Words from artistic

artistically \ -​sti-​kə-​lē \ adverb

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