col·​or·​is·​tic | \ ˌkə-lə-ˈri-stik How to pronounce coloristic (audio) \

Definition of coloristic

1 : of or relating to color or coloring
2 : of or relating to timbre in music

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Other Words from coloristic

coloristically \ ˌkə-​lə-​ˈri-​sti-​k(ə-​)lē How to pronounce coloristic (audio) \ adverb

Examples of coloristic in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Maria hefts her basket of green apples beside a lush tree heavy with fruit, the blues of her sweater and scarf in coloristic counterpoint. Scott Cantrell, Dallas News, 21 Apr. 2021 The orchestration is a masterpiece of coloristic and textural variety. Scott Cantrell, Dallas News, 28 Nov. 2020 What made Poulenc’s music appealing was his moderate, coloristic use of the very dissonances that made the works of many 20th-century composers so disquieting. John Check, WSJ, 19 Nov. 2020 Portraying Amneris, Barton supplied a voice a size smaller, but with a coloristic range as vast as the character’s range of emotion, from glowing middle and upper range to strategically brassy chest voice. Scott Cantrell, Dallas News, 30 Oct. 2020 Trojahn’s orchestral writing is similarly fluent: the pacing is confident, the coloristic contrasts intelligent, and there are some beguiling textures; a diaphanous web of harp and stratospheric string harmonics early in the opera was breathtaking. Matthew Aucoin, The New York Review of Books, 7 Dec. 2019 While the soprano occasionally sounds strained in higher passages, or overly vibrato-laden—lacking the overall vocal ease of, say, Anja Harteros, who recorded the work with Jansons and the BRSO in 2010—she more often exhibits coloristic beauty. Barbara Jepson, WSJ, 27 Jan. 2020 But winds made magic of their melodic and coloristic episodes. Scott Cantrell, Dallas News, 11 Jan. 2020 Landscapes, environments and models were his conduits for intense coloristic explorations imbued with strong emotional undertones. Sidney Lawrence, WSJ, 22 June 2018

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First Known Use of coloristic

1883, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for coloristic

color entry 1 + -istic

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The first known use of coloristic was in 1883

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4 Jun 2021

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“Coloristic.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 22 Jun. 2021.

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