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

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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
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Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective Some graphic details from the 2019 incident had rippled through the department. Washington Post, 15 Oct. 2021 Two months later, Penny emailed the USOC’s longtime chief security officer, Larry Buendorf, detailing allegations from Maroney, Nichols and Raisman against Nassar, including a graphic description. Louise Radnofsky, WSJ, 14 Oct. 2021 The graphic play of black and white—the most classic of all color combos—refreshed and brightened the guest bathroom. Sarah Wolf Halverson, Better Homes & Gardens, 13 Oct. 2021 Nvidia is a semiconductor company best known for its graphic processing units (GPUs) that are increasingly used in servers for machine learning and artificial intelligence. Trefis Team, Forbes, 12 Oct. 2021 The decision to have one particularly sympathetic character’s death take place off screen, unusual in a show that emphasizes numbingly graphic killing, is an easy sign that the person will reappear. New York Times, 11 Oct. 2021 His works are minimalist but often feature bright, bold colors, as seen in his graphic linens for Fabindia and his Kashmiri rugs, awash in fluid calligraphy. Helena Madden, Robb Report, 9 Oct. 2021 While the graphic and disturbing imagery will be a hurdle, the directors branch has a history of nominating more experimental auteurs. Clayton Davis, Variety, 7 Oct. 2021 Even now the rayographs radiate a graphic showmanship that is minimalist and spectral; the miscellaneous objects—thumbtacks, coils of wire, scissors, combs, straight razors—are arranged with unfussy exactitude. Jeremy Lybarger, The New Republic, 7 Oct. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun The dots in the graphic below represent by how many degrees (Celsius) each weather reporting station broke its daily record. Jeff Berardelli, CBS News, 8 July 2021 As mentioned in the graphic, Dynamite also drew a 0.53 rating in the 18-to-49 age demographic — a major boost to last week’s 0.38 rating. Dj Siddiqi, Forbes, 10 Sep. 2021 The District of Columbia was incorrectly labeled as a state in a graphic with an Aug. 31 U.S. News article about Covid-19 hospitalizations. WSJ, 9 Sep. 2021 Elsewhere in the graphic, Lively, 34, was seen stirring food in a bowl as Paltrow, 48, held a cake. Nicholas Rice,, 30 Aug. 2021 The early phase of this transition is shown in the graphic below. Washington Post, 30 Aug. 2021 On Tuesday, a college sports Twitter account @BigGameBoomer shared a graphic that included the best college town for each state across the country. oregonlive, 6 May 2021 On April 19, nonprofit organization Campaign Zero shared the same graphic from Mapping Police Violence in a post with over 9,000 likes. Mckenzie Sadeghi, USA TODAY, 28 Apr. 2021 And remember, greenwash isn’t just specific claims, but also any statement, symbol, emblem, logo, photo, graphic, colour or product brand name that seeks to garnish an undeserved green ‘halo’. Solitaire Townsend, Forbes, 21 Sep. 2021

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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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The first known use of graphic was in 1637

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“Graphic.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 23 Oct. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of graphic

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: shown or described in a very clear way
: relating to the artistic use of pictures, shapes, and words especially in books and magazines



English Language Learners Definition of graphic (Entry 2 of 2)

: pictures or images on the screen of a computer, television, etc.
: a picture, drawing, or graph used as a decoration or to make something (such as magazine article) easier to understand


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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