graph·​ic | \ ˈgra-fik How to pronounce graphic (audio) \
variants: or less commonly graphical \ ˈgra-​fi-​kəl How to pronounce graphic (audio) \

Definition of graphic

 (Entry 1 of 3)

1a : of or relating to the pictorial arts also : pictorial
b : of, relating to, or involving such reproductive methods as those of engraving, etching, lithography, photography, serigraphy, and woodcut
c : of or relating to the art of printing
d : relating or according to graphics
2 : formed by writing, drawing, or engraving graphic inscriptions
3 usually graphic
a : vividly or plainly shown or described a graphic sex scene
b : using offensive or obscene words : including swear words … used graphic language on camera and then abruptly ended the impromptu press conference. The vulgarity made headlines.— Michael Martinez
c : marked by clear lifelike or vividly realistic description … its most graphic and beautiful stanzas …— John Livingston Lowes
4 usually graphical : of, relating to, or represented by a graph
5 : of or relating to the written or printed word or the symbols or devices used in writing or printing to represent sound or convey meaning the graphic symbols of the ancient Egyptians



Definition of graphic (Entry 2 of 3)

1a : a product of graphic art
b graphics plural : the graphic media
2a : a graphic representation (such as a picture, map, or graph) used especially for illustration His presentation included a number of informational graphics.
b : a pictorial image displayed on a computer screen the program's graphics are impressive
c graphics plural in form but singular or plural in construction : the art or science of drawing a representation of an object on a two-dimensional surface according to mathematical rules of projection
3 graphics plural in form but singular or plural in construction : the process whereby a computer displays graphics
4 : a printed message superimposed on a television picture
variants: or -graphical

Definition of -graphic (Entry 3 of 3)

: written or transmitted in a (specified) way stylographic telegraphic

Other Words from graphic


graphically \ ˈgra-​fi-​k(ə-​)lē How to pronounce graphic (audio) \ adverb
graphicness \ ˈgra-​fik-​nəs How to pronounce graphic (audio) \ noun

Synonyms for graphic

Synonyms: Adjective

Synonyms: Noun

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graphic, vivid, picturesque mean giving a clear visual impression in words. graphic stresses the evoking of a clear lifelike picture. a graphic account of combat vivid suggests an impressing on the mind of the vigorous aliveness of something. a vivid re-creation of an exciting event picturesque suggests the presentation of a striking or effective picture composed of features notable for their distinctness and charm. a picturesque account of his travels

Examples of graphic in a Sentence

Adjective the report offered many graphic details about the devastating earthquake that rocked the area got a degree in graphic design Noun She illustrated her talk with a graphic showing state population growth. the use of graphics in the text of the dictionary helps to break up the visual monotony of the page
Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective For example, research suggests Black people—and people of color in general—experience long-term mental health effects from frequent exposure to the graphic videos of police killings circulated online. WIRED, 21 Sep. 2022 Someone on Twitter shared a graphic video that purportedly shows the rapper on the ground following the shooting. Rania Aniftos, Billboard, 12 Sep. 2022 The graphic video shows one officer punching the man in the head and slamming his head against cement, while another officer appears to kick him in the lower body. Andrea Vacchiano, Fox News, 22 Aug. 2022 In a graphic video posted on Instagram late last week, the 59-year-old runner was seen with a bloody face and shirt while on the 150-mile run in California's Marin Headlands. Charmaine Patterson, Peoplemag, 16 Aug. 2022 Since the trial began on July 18, jurors have been exposed to graphic videos, photos and audio clips. María Luisa Paúl, Washington Post, 5 Aug. 2022 But when graphic videos and photos are presented, those are not shown. Terry Spencer,, 31 July 2022 But when graphic videos and photos are presented, those are not shown. Terry Spencer, ajc, 31 July 2022 But ultimately the evidence itself -- damning texts, revelatory recordings, graphic videos of the attack and testimony from firsthand witnesses -- will hit harder and resonate more powerfully than any speech from any member of Congress ever could. Elie Honig, CNN, 8 June 2022 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun The graphic, which ran with a Sept. 2 Page One article about investors’ outlook, misspelled the name as ME Group. WSJ, 8 Sep. 2022 Elder Kardashian sister Kourtney also shared the graphic, which has now amassed 1.9 million likes in only four days. Anya Meyerowitz, Glamour, 27 July 2022 The Tencent version was far less explosive: instead, viewers got an on-screen graphic saying that the police foiled the plot, arrested all the criminals and sent the protagonist to an asylum. Lyric Li, Washington Post, 24 Aug. 2022 An accompanying graphic on state broadcaster CCTV showed those occurred in the north, east, and south. Johnson Lai And Huizhong Wu, Anchorage Daily News, 5 Aug. 2022 An accompanying graphic on state broadcaster CCTV showed those occurred in the north, east, and south. Johnson Lai And Huizhong Wu, The Christian Science Monitor, 4 Aug. 2022 The other interior detail that's specific to Edition 1988 models is a graphic that lets everyone know the car is one of 394. Eric Stafford, Car and Driver, 31 May 2022 But the image of an unborn dolphin is a computer graphic. Dezimey Kum, USA TODAY, 15 May 2022 Speaking of money in the race, the Los Angeles Times has published an interactive graphic that shows from where in the city each candidate has received money. Justin Raystaff Writer, Los Angeles Times, 11 May 2022 See More

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First Known Use of graphic


1637, in the meaning defined at sense 1a


1944, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

History and Etymology for graphic

Adjective and Noun

Latin graphicus, from Greek graphikos, from graphein

Adjective combining form

Late Latin -graphicus, from Greek -graphikos, from graphikos

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graph·​ic | \ ˈgra-fik How to pronounce graphic (audio) \

Kids Definition of graphic

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : being written, drawn, printed, or engraved A map is a graphic representation of an area's geography.
2 : described in very clear detail She gave a graphic account of an accident.
3 : of or relating to the pictorial arts or to printing



Kids Definition of graphic (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : a picture, map, or graph used for illustration
2 graphics plural : a pictorial image or series of images displayed on a computer screen

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