pi·​a·​nis·​tic | \ ˌpē-ə-ˈni-stik How to pronounce pianistic (audio) \

Definition of pianistic

1 : of, relating to, or characteristic of the piano
2 : skilled in or well adapted to piano playing

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pianistically \ ˌpē-​ə-​ˈni-​sti-​k(ə-​)lē How to pronounce pianistic (audio) \ 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."

Examples of pianistic in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Rabinovich is a newcomer to SummerFest and shares many of the pianistic sensibilities of Barnatan: clarity of line, an expressive cantabile tone and a respect for the composer’s intentions. Teri Figueroa, San Diego Union-Tribune, 4 Aug. 2021 His program of four sonatas, composed between 1822 and 1914, represented pianistic romanticism at its most flamboyant. Scott Cantrell, Dallas News, 23 June 2021 Beus emphasized the romantic impulses of Busoni’s take on Bach, particularly in bold sweeping gestures, powerful chords and use of the sustaining pedal to swirl up an array of pianistic colors. Tim Diovanni, Dallas News, 9 June 2021 This may have seemed like a bit of a stunt, in that this music is so inherently pianistic. Howard Reich, chicagotribune.com, 18 Oct. 2020 Wang is not the only young pianistic hotshot giving a recital this week, but Daniil Trifonov’s all-Bach recital at Alice Tully Hall (Tuesday, 7:30 p.m.) is sold out; good luck finding a ticket. David Allen, New York Times, 27 Feb. 2020 Somehow thrusting through John's pianistic thunder were Dee Murray's bass runs and Nigel Olsson's fine drumming. Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 17 Oct. 2019 Always a pianist who digs deeply into the keys, Ax offered a quintessential Brahms keyboard sound: orchestral in scope but keenly sensitive to pianistic colors. Howard Reich, chicagotribune.com, 3 Aug. 2019 Here we are shown dramatically Liszt’s genius for pianistic crystallization. David Dubal, WSJ, 16 Nov. 2018

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First Known Use of pianistic

1843, in the meaning defined at sense 2

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“Pianistic.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/pianistic. Accessed 18 Sep. 2021.

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