pianistic

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adjective pi·a·nis·tic \ˌpē-ə-ˈni-stik\

Definition of pianistic

  1. 1 :  of, relating to, or characteristic of the piano

  2. 2 :  skilled in or well adapted to piano playing

pianistically

play \ˌpē-ə-ˈni-sti-k(ə-)lē\ adverb

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The origin of "pianistic" won’t surprise anyone - it’s ultimately from "piano," of course. But the "-istic" suffix is less than ubiquitous and bears some attention. It is used from time to time to create adjectives that correspond to nouns ending primarily in "-ism" or "-ist." (In this case, both "pianism" and "pianist" outdate "pianistic," although only by a few years.) The pedigree of "-istic" isn’t too surprising; etymologists report that it comes from Middle French ("-istique"), Latin ("-isticus"), and ultimately Greek ("-istikos"). As with words formed from the suffix -ic, words ending in "-istic" can sometimes find life as nouns - for example, "autistic" and "characteristic."

1843

First Known Use of pianistic

1843

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