graphic

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adjective

graph·​ic ˈgra-fik How to pronounce graphic (audio)
variants or less commonly graphical
1
a
: of or relating to the pictorial arts
also : pictorial
b
: of, relating to, or involving such reproductive methods as those of engraving, etching, lithography, photography, serigraphy, and woodcut
c
: of or relating to the art of printing
d
: relating or according to graphics
2
: formed by writing, drawing, or engraving
graphic inscriptions
3
usually graphic
a
: vividly or plainly shown or described
a graphic sex scene
b
: using offensive or obscene words : including swear words
… used graphic language on camera and then abruptly ended the impromptu press conference. The vulgarity made headlines. Michael Martinez
c
: marked by clear lifelike or vividly realistic description
… its most graphic and beautiful stanzas … John Livingston Lowes
4
usually graphical : of, relating to, or represented by a graph
5
: of or relating to the written or printed word or the symbols or devices used in writing or printing to represent sound or convey meaning
the graphic symbols of the ancient Egyptians
graphically adverb
graphicness noun

graphic

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noun

1
a
: a product of graphic art
b
graphics plural : the graphic media
2
a
: a graphic representation (such as a picture, map, or graph) used especially for illustration
His presentation included a number of informational graphics.
b
: a pictorial image displayed on a computer screen
the program's graphics are impressive
c
graphics plural in form but singular or plural in construction : the art or science of drawing a representation of an object on a two-dimensional surface according to mathematical rules of projection
3
graphics plural in form but singular or plural in construction : the process whereby a computer displays graphics
4
: a printed message superimposed on a television picture

-graphic

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adjective combining form

variants or -graphical
: written or transmitted in a (specified) way
stylographic
telegraphic
Choose the Right Synonym for graphic

graphic, vivid, picturesque mean giving a clear visual impression in words.

graphic stresses the evoking of a clear lifelike picture.

a graphic account of combat

vivid suggests an impressing on the mind of the vigorous aliveness of something.

a vivid re-creation of an exciting event

picturesque suggests the presentation of a striking or effective picture composed of features notable for their distinctness and charm.

a picturesque account of his travels

Example Sentences

Adjective the report offered many graphic details about the devastating earthquake that rocked the area got a degree in graphic design Noun She illustrated her talk with a graphic showing state population growth. the use of graphics in the text of the dictionary helps to break up the visual monotony of the page
Recent Examples on the Web
Adjective
Here was a simple, elegant, graphic and masculine design. The Editors, Town & Country, 2 Dec. 2022 Three graphic renderings, a drip-feed of information from the Pentagon and an image of the plane shrouded beneath a sheet in a 2015 Super Bowl ad for Northrop Grumman gave the public a glimpse of its appearance. Doug Cameron, WSJ, 2 Dec. 2022 The phone case influencer wore a super polished ’90s-era suit with a cubicle-ready belt, but with a tiny playful colorful graphic T-shirt and red sneakers for a casual touch. Liana Satenstein, Vogue, 26 Nov. 2022 The matching graphic print t-shirt and shorts are from the Italian fashion house Etro and are patterned in bold reds, yellows and blues, featuring a seductive tiger front and center. Anna Tingley, Variety, 9 Nov. 2022 The safety paid tribute to Tupac Shakur with a Primitive graphic T-shirt and a brown suede jacket and pants. Victoria Hernandez, USA TODAY, 18 Oct. 2022 The set features Snoopy and Woodstock and includes a long-sleeve graphic T-shirt with a snow scene and coordinating pants with an all-over character pattern. Kylee Mcguigan, Popular Mechanics, 3 Oct. 2022 Levine, meanwhile, kept things casual in a black graphic T-shirt, ripped blue jeans with colorful stains throughout, neon green Nike sneakers, and a brown baseball cap. Rosa Sanchez, Harper's BAZAAR, 28 Sep. 2022 Tentree pays homage to the same mountain forests the company is working to protect with this subtle scenic graphic T-shirt. Mike Richard, Men's Health, 16 Sep. 2022
Noun
This graphic shows a forecast storm total covering Friday through early Sunday morning. oregonlive, 20 Oct. 2022 Interested guests can explore the Hyundai Hotel through this interactive graphic, and on the website for Kip Hideaways, a vacation rental company that appears to be providing the hotel. Emily Dreibelbis, PCMAG, 6 Oct. 2022 There are three key things to note about this graphic. James Royal, Fortune, 28 Sep. 2022 The animation of wind in this graphic is from May 1 to Sept. 30, 2021, using ERA5 climate reanalysis data produced by ECMRWF. John Branch, New York Times, 14 Sep. 2022 Dominik, on the other hand, has been at the center of thinkpiece after thinkpiece for the film’s graphic (and alarmingly frequent) depictions of abuse. Tess Garcia, Glamour, 28 Sep. 2022 Our graphic will explain specifically when that process begins, how to participate and even how to request absentee ballots. Steve Peoples, Star Tribune, 14 Sep. 2020 Provide a graphic or some type of visual that illustrates the potential growth and corresponding salary opportunities for employees within the first five to 10 years. Paul Moore, Sun Sentinel, 22 Sep. 2022 Their eye-catching graphic introduced them as the Beatles with the small print reading: just kidding, it’s Alexander 23. Melinda Sheckells, Billboard, 18 Sep. 2022 See More

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Word History

Etymology

Adjective and Noun

Latin graphicus, from Greek graphikos, from graphein

Adjective combining form

Late Latin -graphicus, from Greek -graphikos, from graphikos

First Known Use

Adjective

1637, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

Noun

1944, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

Time Traveler
The first known use of graphic was in 1637

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Cite this Entry

“Graphic.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/graphic. Accessed 6 Dec. 2022.

Kids Definition

graphic 1 of 2

adjective

graph·​ic ˈgraf-ik How to pronounce graphic (audio)
variants also graphical
1
: of, relating to, or being arts such as painting, engraving, printing, or photography
2
: of, relating to, or represented by a graph
3
: clearly and impressively told or described
graphically adverb

graphic

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noun

1
: a picture, map, or graph used for illustration
2
plural : a display (as of pictures or graphs) generated by a computer on a screen, printer, or plotter

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