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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 Even though the book breaks narrative format for essayistic asides. Ew Staff,, "Homeland Elegies and Conditional Citizens explore life in America as an 'other'," 23 Sep. 2020 This essayistic novel is Akhtar’s answer to that question. Ron Charles Critic, Washington Post, "Ayad Akhtar’s play ‘Disgraced’ won a Pulitzer Prize. Now ‘Homeland Elegies’ shows what that success cost him.," 31 Aug. 2020 Motherhood reads much more like a journal, in which mundane events—a conversation, an outing, an argument—mingle with essayistic explorations. Adam Kirsch, The Atlantic, "The Art of Parenthood," 13 May 2018 There are moments in this novel that hint at Iweala’s freer, more essayistic voice. Dwight Garner, New York Times, "A Young Man of Strict Nigerian-American Parents Comes of Age While Coming Out," 5 Mar. 2018 Three years on, The Players’ Tribune has become a regular source of breaking news: Kevin Durant announced his league-upheaving move to Golden State in July 2016 with an essayistic memo, which then become a recurring format. Amos Barshad, New York Times, "What Happens When Athletes Do the Sportswriting?," 21 Feb. 2018 That acceptance becomes a cause for celebration, a painful reckoning, and a real meditation on what literary and literal gumption can create and sustain in essayistic forms. Longreads, "Longreads Best of 2017: Essays," 21 Dec. 2017

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First Known Use of essayistic

1862, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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