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 cinematic (audio) \ adverb

Examples of cinematic in a Sentence

a director who has produced some great cinematic moments
Recent Examples on the Web Of course, Lara Jean and Peter are also in conversation with their own cinematic history. Helen Shaw, Vulture, "To All The Boys: Always and Forever Burns Low and Slow," 13 Feb. 2021 Those who don’t know their cinematic history are doomed to distort it. Armond White, National Review, "Judas and the Black Messiah," 12 Feb. 2021 The series begins about 35 years after the last face-off between LaRusso and Lawrence, when the former beat the latter in a championship match that still remains one of the great upsets in cinematic history. Gustavo Arellano, Los Angeles Times, "Column: What Netflix’s ‘Cobra Kai’ teaches us about how to deal with Trump," 18 Jan. 2021 There is no doubt movies denouncing the lack of accountability over police brutality can promote the need to address it, but when done this inelegantly in cinematic form, the intention proves insufficient. Carlos Aguilar, Los Angeles Times, "Review: Nate Parker takes on police brutality in ‘American Skin,’ but the drama plays like parody," 15 Jan. 2021 However, neither cinematic scenario — the pandemic ends, the pandemic never ends — left me feeling more or less hopeful. Rachel Handler, Vulture, "The Indie-Film Pandemic Is Upon Us," 3 Feb. 2021 But helped greatly by Paolo Carnera’s dreamy visuals, Bahrani delivers a cinematic moment that marks a departure from Adiga’s novel. Karthik Purushothaman, The New Republic, "The White Tiger Inverts the Indian Rags-to-Riches Story," 2 Feb. 2021 Now in its fourth year, the Sweded Film Festival for Creative Re-Creations is a celebration of homemade versions of cinematic classics. NBC News, "Homemade remakes of cinematic classics star in Sweded Film Festival," 31 Jan. 2021 This cinematic adaptation was released in 1950 by 20th Century Fox. Mia Uzzell, Essence, "Gabrielle Union Cast In ‘Cheaper By The Dozen’ Remake," 29 Jan. 2021

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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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23 Feb 2021

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“Cinematic.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 26 Feb. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of cinematic

: of or relating to movies

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