im·​pres·​sion·​is·​tic | \ (ˌ)im-ˌpre-shə-ˈni-stik How to pronounce impressionistic (audio) \

Definition of impressionistic

1 or impressionist \ im-​ˈpre-​sh(ə-​)nist How to pronounce impressionistic (audio) \ often capitalized : of, relating to, or constituting impressionism
2 : based on or involving impression as distinct from expertise or fact intuitions and impressionistic anecdotal accounts— Sidney Hook

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impressionistically \ (ˌ)im-​ˌpre-​shə-​ˈni-​sti-​k(ə-​)lē How to pronounce impressionistic (audio) \ adverb

Examples of impressionistic in a Sentence

He wrote an impressionistic account of the battle scene.
Recent Examples on the Web Some designs are based on geodes and some are miniature impressionistic landscapes. Lyndi Mcnulty,, 3 Oct. 2021 The Italian broke with finely detailed techniques of the era for looser, impressionistic brushstrokes that invited one’s eye to fill in the specifics. Stephen Humphries, The Christian Science Monitor, 10 Sep. 2021 The active piano part contains big clanking dissonances, impressionistic colorings, rapid-fire staccatos and delicate rhapsodic flourishes. Tim Diovanni, Dallas News, 3 Sep. 2021 Her approach to her subject, while alert to history, geography and culture, was unapologetically impressionistic. Los Angeles Times, 26 July 2021 The legendary songwriter and cofounder of The Beach Boys takes viewers on an impressionistic road-trip through his life and music in this intimate and unconventional cinematic memoir. Chris Willman, Variety, 25 Aug. 2021 The few pictures that place impressionistic horsemen upon the gilded steppes are less convincing, perhaps because Bussiere is more interested in conjuring eternity than action. Washington Post, 23 July 2021 An eclectic use of music, featuring Toshirô Mayuzumi’s score, allowed the filmmaker to constantly shift gears, moving fluidly between expressionistic and impressionistic forms. Kevin Crust, Los Angeles Times, 20 July 2021 As his nameless narrator walks through Harlem, Ellison floods our senses with impressionistic images, illusions that never quite resolve into tangible form. New York Times, 3 June 2021

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First Known Use of impressionistic

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.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 18 Oct. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of impressionistic

: involving general feelings or thoughts rather than specific knowledge or facts
: of or relating to impressionism

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