graphic

adjective
graph·​ic | \ ˈgra-fik How to pronounce graphic (audio) \
variants: or less commonly graphical \ ˈgra-​fi-​kəl How to pronounce graphic (audio) \

Definition of graphic

 (Entry 1 of 3)

1a : 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

graphic

noun

Definition of graphic (Entry 2 of 3)

1a : a product of graphic art
b graphics plural : the graphic media
2a : 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
variants: or -graphical

Definition of -graphic (Entry 3 of 3)

: written or transmitted in a (specified) way stylographic telegraphic

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Other Words from graphic

Adjective

graphically \ ˈgra-​fi-​k(ə-​)lē How to pronounce -graphic (audio) \ adverb
graphicness \ ˈgra-​fik-​nəs How to pronounce -graphic (audio) \ noun

Synonyms for graphic

Synonyms: Adjective

Synonyms: Noun

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Adjective

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

Examples of graphic in a Sentence

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
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Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective Atkins grew up in a village outside Oxford, where his father worked as a graphic artist and his mother as a secondary-school art teacher. New York Times, 22 July 2021 Now, this Burbank man is Disney Television Animation’s only native Salvadoran graphic artist and character designer. Laura J. Nelson, Los Angeles Times, 25 June 2021 Noah Davis, a specialist in post-war and contemporary art for Christie's, brought Beeple to the auction house’s attention after witnessing the graphic artist's growing popularity. NBC News, 11 Mar. 2021 Christle Rawlins-Jackson, another member of Sisters in Stitches, is a graphic artist who lives in Boston. Susan Moeller, BostonGlobe.com, 11 Mar. 2021 At times supporting himself as a commercial photographer or graphic artist, Jarrell also later taught at Howard University, Spelman College and the University of Georgia — the same institution that once barred him from its museum. Steven Litt, cleveland, 10 Jan. 2021 Larson works in the as a graphic artist and Prajescu is a risk in human resources project manager. Carrie Napoleon, chicagotribune.com, 16 Dec. 2020 In one graphic scene, a young woman is shown in a hospital bed, hooked up to a ventilator, gasping for breath. Lilit Marcus, CNN, 15 Aug. 2021 The island the Squad infiltrates is named for the star of a series of graphic novels by Italian writer/artist Hugo Pratt, which began in 1967. Tribune News Service, cleveland, 14 Aug. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Overlaid on the photo, a graphic of a rhinoceros runs opposite an unidentified man in a suit. Daniel Funke, USA TODAY, 28 July 2021 Halsey added a graphic of a fish alongside the picture. Gabrielle Chung, PEOPLE.com, 23 July 2021 Prosecutors alleged the Iranian intelligence officer had an electronic device containing a graphic of Alinejad alongside those two men. CBS News, 14 July 2021 Prosecutors alleged the Iranian intelligence officer had an electronic device containing a graphic of Ms. Alinejad alongside those two men, prosecutors said. Deepti Hajela And Larry Neumeister, The Christian Science Monitor, 14 July 2021 Prosecutors alleged the Iranian intelligence officer had an electronic device containing a graphic of Alinejad alongside those two men, prosecutors said. Deepti Hajela And Larry Neumeister, Star Tribune, 13 July 2021 In fact, one graphic of earthquake probability was dated in 2009. Ian Palmer, Forbes, 3 Apr. 2021 Ewers posted, alongside a graphic of the commitment. Robert Fenbers, cleveland, 29 Mar. 2021 Eugenie posted a graphic about the initiative on her Instagram story, along with some sweet words about Meghan. Annie Goldsmith, Town & Country, 5 Aug. 2021

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First Known Use of graphic

Adjective

1637, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

Noun

1944, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

History and Etymology for graphic

Adjective and Noun

Latin graphicus, from Greek graphikos, from graphein

Adjective combining form

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

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“Graphic.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/graphic. Accessed 23 Sep. 2021.

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graphic

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of graphic

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: shown or described in a very clear way
: relating to the artistic use of pictures, shapes, and words especially in books and magazines

graphic

noun

English Language Learners Definition of graphic (Entry 2 of 2)

: pictures or images on the screen of a computer, television, etc.
: a picture, drawing, or graph used as a decoration or to make something (such as magazine article) easier to understand

graphic

adjective
graph·​ic | \ ˈgra-fik How to pronounce graphic (audio) \

Kids Definition of graphic

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : being written, drawn, printed, or engraved A map is a graphic representation of an area's geography.
2 : described in very clear detail She gave a graphic account of an accident.
3 : of or relating to the pictorial arts or to printing

graphic

noun

Kids Definition of graphic (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : a picture, map, or graph used for illustration
2 graphics plural : a pictorial image or series of images displayed on a computer screen

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