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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Other Words from cinematic

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

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In 2008, the first Iron Man movie came out, launching an entire cinematic universe that routinely boasts some of the best-selling, most-talked-about movies in recent memory. Yolanda Machado, Marie Claire, "Lashana Lynch Is Changing the Face of Superhero Movies," 4 Mar. 2019 Long considered the best in his field, Deakins received a standing ovation honoring the entire breadth of his cinematic achievements. Jake Kring-schreifels, Esquire, "The Best, Worst, and Weirdest Moments of the 2018 Oscars," 5 Mar. 2018 Second, if white children have been exposed to Black Panther, parents should talk to them about what makes the story and the film unprecedented in cinematic history and so special for many people watching, but for black people most profoundly. Andrew Grant-thomas And Melissa Giraud, Good Housekeeping, "Parents: Maybe Don't Buy Your Kid That Black Panther Costume This Halloween," 11 Oct. 2018 Definitely one of the more violent movies in cinematic history, American Psycho is extremely graphic and gory, giving us reason to think a man created the film. Olivia Putnal, Woman's Day, "10 Surprising Movies Directed by Women," 15 Apr. 2013 But there is also a thriving (albeit less cinematic) criminal industry built around counterfeiting and con jobs. Norman Vanamee, Town & Country, "How to Spot Fake Jewelry, According to the Experts," 17 Sep. 2018 Fyre is more atmospheric and cinematic than Fyre Fraud, which has more meta-analysis and outsider commentary (for example, from New Yorker critic Jia Tolentino) on what Fyre means in our current economic and sociopolitical moment. Bridget Read, Vogue, "Which Fyre Festival Documentary Should You Watch: Hulu or Netflix?," 15 Jan. 2019 The album is dark, moody, and cinematic (though its lyrics deal mostly with motherhood and everyday life), with an overall atmosphere that's sleek and controlled. Jamie Ludwig, Chicago Reader, "Music / Visual Art Fever Ray’s erotically charged electro-pop dazzles at any time of night," 19 May 2018 In a match up that feels fully cinematic, tennis greats Serena Williams and Roger Federer will face off on the court for the first time ever tomorrow in a match at the Hopman Cup in Perth. Kayleigh Roberts, Marie Claire, "Serena Williams Will Face Off Against Roger Federer Tomorrow in a Highly Anticipated Match," 31 Dec. 2018

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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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English Language Learners Definition of cinematic

: of or relating to movies

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