es·​say·​is·​tic ˌe-(ˌ)sā-ˈi-stik How to pronounce essayistic (audio)
: of or relating to an essay or an essayist
: resembling an essay in quality or character

Examples of essayistic in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web In it, the stand-up comedian and recent Emmy winner presents essayistic histories of the subcultures that shaped him, drawing parallels, both said and unsaid, between six seemingly disparate communities. Ethan Shanfeld, Variety, 30 Jan. 2024 In these works, the director foregrounded an essayistic narrative, using words to guide viewers through the brutality of Western civilization. Lovia Gyarkye, The Hollywood Reporter, 8 Sep. 2023 Combining penetrating interviews with his father, poetic meditations on the Black bourgeoisie, and his old Super 8 footage from the sixties, the documentary is an essayistic excavation of his family’s fraught history, as well as the enduring symbolism of their family home in Oak Bluffs. Hua Hsu, The New Yorker, 20 Mar. 2022 His fifth book is part memoir, part journalism and part essayistic exploration of the sport. Deborah Vankin, Los Angeles Times, 8 May 2023 The prose itself in Wolfish is brisk and essayistic, and makes for a compelling read. Colin Dickey, The New Republic, 31 Mar. 2023 The novel’s title seems in part a nod to J. M. Coetzee’s Elizabeth Costello, a similarly essayistic novel, and while less dry than the work of Coetzee (whose great gifts do not include a sense of humor), the book is less engaging than, well, much of Julian Barnes. Claire Messud, Harper’s Magazine , 20 July 2022 In this essayistic follow-up to his 2016 book The Great Derangement: Climate Change and the Unthinkable, Amitav Ghosh sees the seeds of our climate emergency in the violent 17th-century occupation of the nutmeg plantations of the Banda Islands in Indonesia. Amy Brady, Scientific American, 9 Sep. 2021 And the movie—an essayistic film that highlights the role of women’s political labor and organizing emanating from factories in Lebanon in the 1970s, in parallel with events from the recent past—did just that, in small sessions run by community groups. Suyin Haynes, Time, 1 Mar. 2021

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Word History

First Known Use

1862, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of essayistic was in 1862

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“Essayistic.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 15 Apr. 2024.

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