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Definition of essayistic

1 : of or relating to an essay or an essayist
2 : resembling an essay in quality or character

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Recent Examples on the Web Holleran’s novels have become increasingly essayistic over time. Garth Greenwell, The New Yorker, 6 June 2022 The book seems to be addressing typical readers of essayistic nonfiction like myself: People who have time, and at least some money, to spend preparing for an apocalypse. Rebecca Stoner, Outside Online, 25 Apr. 2020 His more popular one was an essayistic series on the long shadow of the September 11 attacks with Pineapple Street, Wondery, and Amazon Music. Nicholas Quah, Vulture, 29 Dec. 2021 Curtis’s book is much less essayistic, and more traditional. Jo Livingstone, The New Republic, 21 Jan. 2022 Novak’s essayistic style leaves room for the kind of ambivalent truths that never resolve into a call to action. New York Times, 12 Oct. 2021 Major Labels is an essayistic medley rather than a straight chronological history, with a generous helping of memoir included along the way. Jack Hamilton, The Atlantic, 6 Oct. 2021 Much of Unread rolls out in gentle fashion — Stedman’s narration is writerly, essayistic — guiding listeners through the journey and its many moving parts with an elegiac thoughtfulness. Nicholas Quah, Vulture, 14 July 2021 Gathering information from online postings by victims and soliciting covert filming by her collaborators in China, Wang puts together an essayistic and emotional film that focuses on the grief of survivors and the trauma of caregivers., 13 May 2021 See More

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First Known Use of essayistic

1862, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Essayistic.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 4 Jul. 2022.

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