cin·​e·​mat·​ic | \ ˌsi-nə-ˈma-tik How to pronounce cinematic (audio) \

Definition of cinematic

1 : of, relating to, suggestive of, or suitable for motion pictures or the filming of motion pictures cinematic principles and techniques cinematic special effects
2 : filmed and presented as a motion picture cinematic fantasies a cinematic adaptation of a novel

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cinematically \ ˌsi-​nə-​ˈma-​ti-​k(ə-​)lē How to pronounce cinematically (audio) \ adverb

Examples of cinematic in a Sentence

a director who has produced some great cinematic moments
Recent Examples on the Web The bottom line is not every piece of intellectual property really has the heft to merit such big-screen treatment, and if there was a way to build a viable cinematic franchise around the game, this doesn't feel like it. Brian Lowry, CNN, "'Sonic the Hedgehog' has problems that better teeth can't fix," 13 Feb. 2020 Once in a while, a film of raw energy and emotional authenticity emerges on the big screen in France and shakes the cinematic establishment. The Economist, "Sounding the alarm A new wave of French films tackle social problems and taboos," 6 Feb. 2020 Despite deploying the cinematic language of the thriller, the story’s concerns are all in a day’s work: Jane flipping on lights, making coffee, eating cereal. Rumaan Alam, The New Republic, "The Assistant Looks at the Woman Behind a Bad Man," 31 Jan. 2020 Previous Blizzard RTSs had put the story almost entirely in between missions—you'd get a cinematic, a mission briefing, or some narration to set the scene, then dive right in to a mostly unscripted map. Richard C. Moss, Ars Technica, "How Warcraft III birthed a genre, changed a franchise, and earned a Reforge-ing," 27 Jan. 2020 On Wednesday night, he was spotted at Movietopia, a multidimensional cinematic experience at the Marq-E Entertainment Center. Marcy De Luna, Houston Chronicle, "Post Malone scores new diamond grill from Houston celeb jeweler Johnny Dang," 7 Nov. 2019 The Beovision Harmony is designed to provide the ultimate cinematic experience. Ingrid Abramovitch, ELLE Decor, "Here’s Why Your Next TV Will Cost More Than $20,000—and Have Wings!," 22 Sep. 2019 Adam Sandler delivers a shock to the system (both nervous and cinematic), a performance that goes beyond the wildest anticipations to create a new level and kind of movie energy. Richard Brody, The New Yorker, "The Fossilized 2020 Oscar Nominations," 13 Jan. 2020 McKay’s light touch over such a heavy topic makes The Big Short the cinematic equivalent of a velvet jackhammer. Jason Herbert, Smithsonian Magazine, "What Were the Best History Movies of the Decade?," 31 Dec. 2019

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First Known Use of cinematic

1912, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for cinematic

see cinema

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The first known use of cinematic was in 1912

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“Cinematic.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 21 Feb. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of cinematic

: of or relating to movies

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