impressionistic

adjective

im·​pres·​sion·​is·​tic (ˌ)im-ˌpre-shə-ˈni-stik How to pronounce impressionistic (audio)
1
or impressionist often capitalized : of, relating to, or constituting impressionism
2
: based on or involving impression as distinct from expertise or fact
intuitions and impressionistic anecdotal accountsSidney Hook
impressionistically adverb

Examples of impressionistic in a Sentence

He wrote an impressionistic account of the battle scene.
Recent Examples on the Web And amid the traditional canvases are ones that are considerably more impressionistic or surrealistic. Mark Jenkins, Washington Post, 12 Apr. 2024 Composed in 1947, the work has an impressionistic, ethereal quality that requires a highly skilled choir to fully convey its glories. Patrick Neas, Kansas City Star, 1 Mar. 2024 The impressionistic update sees the protagonists go back and forth from moments of ethereal fantasy to stark reality — but some critics have taken issue with how the film exoticizes Brazilian poverty and reinforces racial stereotypes. Andrew Lawrence, Peoplemag, 17 Feb. 2024 Contemporary cake trends favor a more organic aesthetic, layered with impressionistic overpiping or sprouting floral outgrowths. Zoey Poll Katja Mayer, New York Times, 15 Feb. 2024 See all Example Sentences for impressionistic 

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Word History

First Known Use

1886, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of impressionistic was in 1886

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“Impressionistic.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/impressionistic. Accessed 22 Jun. 2024.

Kids Definition

impressionistic

adjective
im·​pres·​sion·​is·​tic (ˌ)im-ˌpresh-ə-ˈnis-tik How to pronounce impressionistic (audio)
1
or impressionist often capitalized : of or relating to impressionism
an impressionistic style of painting
2
: based on or involving one's impressions rather than knowledge or facts
impressionistic descriptions
impressionistically adverb

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