sty·​lis·​tic | \ stī-ˈli-stik How to pronounce stylistic (audio) \

Definition of stylistic

: of or relating especially to literary or artistic style

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stylistically \ stī-​ˈli-​sti-​k(ə-​)lē How to pronounce stylistic (audio) \ adverb

Examples of stylistic in a Sentence

There are a number of stylistic changes in the new car. stylistic differences among various writers
Recent Examples on the Web With 37 designs and colors to choose from, the stylistic choices seem endless. Michala White,, "Best stylish winter accessories," 25 Feb. 2021 On the other side: Teams who would be interested in the talented two-time All-Star who isn’t the easiest stylistic fit. Chris Fedor, cleveland, "Cleveland Cavaliers taking calls on Andre Drummond, but trade could be difficult," 15 Feb. 2021 What pulls the movie out of its stylistic complacency is Rahim’s performance as Slahi. Peter Rainer, The Christian Science Monitor, "In ‘The Mauritanian,’ Hollywood takes on Guantánamo. Can it do it justice?," 11 Feb. 2021 In a way, this stylistic evolution was not such a leap; many traditional objects had embodied the burnished gleam of Art Deco, with its reliance on chaste lines and polished finishes. New York Times, "How Japonisme Forever Changed the Course of Western Design," 11 Feb. 2021 In one scene, as Katrina and Ames hesitate to broach the topic at hand, Reese makes a cutting observation that serves as a clue to the book’s stylistic approach. Crispin Long, The New Yorker, "The Insider Insights of “Detransition, Baby”," 31 Jan. 2021 Unfolding in three movements, the trio mixes stylistic influences from English pastoralism and French impressionism to striking effect. Tim Diovanni, Dallas News, "Review: Horszowski Trio delivers a compelling account of Rebecca Clarke’s Piano Trio," 26 Jan. 2021 To Dodgers fans under Scully’s spell, Willie Mays represented the joy of the game, Clemente represented grace, with a stylistic flair. Scott Ostler,, "‘Bad Henry’ Aaron was feared, not hated, by fans of teams he destroyed," 23 Jan. 2021 Any alternative ideology or stylistic innovation, like those of the hippies and punks of decades past, is instantly integrated into the commercial mainstream by the algorithmic feeds of the enormous social networks that establish mass taste. New York Times, "How Nothingness Became Everything We Wanted," 19 Jan. 2021

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First Known Use of stylistic

1860, in the meaning defined above

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1 Mar 2021

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“Stylistic.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 3 Mar. 2021.

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: of or relating to style

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