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

Synonyms & Antonyms for artistic




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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Of all the creative freelance world’s pros (flexibility! artistic freedom!) and its cons (no healthcare!), one of the most difficult to parse out is the complicated relationship between time, money, and self-esteem. Emma Goldberg, Glamour, "A Penny for Her Thoughts? Women in the Gig Economy Struggle to Get Paid," 16 Apr. 2019 That freedom and diversity are also an artistic freedom. Adam Rathe, Town & Country, "Oskar Eustis and Suzan-Lori Parks Are Theater's Most Dynamic Duo," 25 Feb. 2019 Arlissa is now signed to Def Jam with a singles deal, which allows her enough artistic freedom. Erica Gonzales, Harper's BAZAAR, "Arlissa’s Breakthrough Was 10 Years in the Making," 15 Oct. 2018 The fans shout it in unison, seemingly celebrating Taylor’s newfound artistic freedom and DNGAF spirit. Rebecca Farley,, "Hey, Swifties: These Songs Are Surprise Standouts On Taylor's Reputation Tour," 2 July 2018 The new contract offered greater artistic freedom, boosted the family’s royalties by as much as 500 percent and paid Mr. Jackson substantial fees as manager. Matt Schudel, Washington Post, "Joseph Jackson, pop-music patriarch who guided his children to stardom, dies at 89," 27 June 2018 As someone who was artistic from a young age, Ferrel combines his passion for drawing, graffiti, tattooing, and painting to inform his designs. Tara Gardner, Allure, "This Selena Fan Shaved Her Portrait Into His Hair, and I Am Both Scared and Impressed," 15 Mar. 2019 Like his most famous character, Centineo is not trying to be especially woke, or especially intellectual, or especially artistic, or especially cool. Constance Grady, Vox, "Noah Centineo and the rise of the wholesome internet boyfriend, explained," 28 Sep. 2018 Upon his arrival, Slimane will assume the role of artistic, creative, and image director of Céline., "Hedi Slimane's New Céline Is Almost Here," 5 July 2018

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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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not to be persuaded, moved, or stopped

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