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chromatic

noun chro·mat·ic \ krō-ˈma-tik \
|Updated on: 12 Jun 2018

Definition of chromatic

Origin and Etymology of chromatic

derivative of 2chromatic


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chromatic

adjective

Definition of chromatic

1 a : of or relating to color or color phenomena or sensations
b : highly colored
2 : of or relating to chroma
3 a : of, relating to, or giving all the tones of the chromatic scale
b : characterized by frequent use of accidentals

chromatically

play \-ti-k(ə-)lē\ adverb

chromaticism

play \-ˈma-tə-ˌsi-zəm\ noun

Examples of chromatic in a Sentence

  1. the strikingly chromatic paintings of Matisse and the other Fauvists

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Origin and Etymology of chromatic

borrowed from Medieval Latin chrōmaticus, borrowed from Greek chrōmatikós "of color (in rhetoric), of the chromatic scale," from chrōmat-, chrôma "skin, complexion, color, the chromatic scale" + -ikos 1-ic — more at -chrome


CHROMATIC Defined for English Language Learners

chromatic

Definition of chromatic for English Language Learners

  • music : of or relating to a musical scale that has all semitones


Medical Dictionary

chromatic

adjective chro·mat·ic \ krō-ˈmat-ik \

medical Definition of chromatic

1 : of, relating to, or characterized by color or color phenomena or sensations
  • chromatic perception
  • chromatic stimuli
2 : capable of being colored by staining agents
  • chromatic substances


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