Definition of artistic in US English:



  • 1Having or revealing natural creative skill.

    ‘my lack of artistic ability’
    • ‘But many of us were artistic, creative types with unknown, foggy futures in a world of technology.’
    • ‘I have always believed that we all possess the ability to be creative and artistic.’
    • ‘It is completely devoid of his previous sensitivity, and to a large extent, of his artistic creativity.’
    • ‘The various competitions tapped the latent creative and artistic potential of women.’
    • ‘Fintan, who was so creative and artistic, even wrote poems about depression.’
    • ‘You have a deep artistic and creative side which shows through a love for music and literature.’
    • ‘All of this takes a high level of artistic skill to create rockwork that looks natural.’
    • ‘By dint of hard work and determination Piper used his natural artistic talent and practical skills to great effect.’
    • ‘The core strength needed is phenomenal, and it is not only a test of artistic skill but also a lesson in superb control.’
    • ‘You have an artistic imagination and the skill to express it well.’
    • ‘Many people in this category have strong artistic and creative inclinations.’
    • ‘I am sick of struggling to find a way of sharing my artistic skills.’
    • ‘Tutors at the college were bowled over by her natural artistic talent and offered her a place on the course.’
    • ‘But there is something, perhaps, that explains the interest beyond mere artistic skill.’
    • ‘Still, spurred on by my, as yet unfulfilled artistic creativity, I'm off to night school to learn to be a sculptor.’
    • ‘On the camp, O'Donnell's artistic skills were recognised and he was charged with the sign-painting.’
    • ‘Athletic skill and artistic talent pair with classic stories as the tales of these Disney favourites unfold.’
    • ‘Children at schools around Trowbridge have been putting their artistic skills to good use in aid of local charities.’
    • ‘Another member of the family was well-known locally for her artistic skills.’
    • ‘You have the time and space to be creative, poetic, artistic and sensitive.’
    creative, imaginative, inventive, original
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    1. 1.1 Relating to or characteristic of art or artistry.
      ‘a denial of artistic freedom’
      ‘her artistic temperament’
      • ‘This is artistic licence and I think Rubens is taking it to portray sheer power.’
      • ‘His work has proved difficult to define within the artistic milieu of Hans Holbein the elder's workshop.’
      • ‘Normally there is a close relation between art world consensus about artistic value and market value.’
      • ‘Landscape painting enjoyed a great vogue in the seicento, an age of artistic originality in many directions.’
      • ‘Both the state and communal administrations support artistic formation and creativity.’
      • ‘His conclusion was that the year had been rather better for the cause of artistic freedom than it had been for art itself.’
      • ‘Matisse grew up in a provincial environment starved of artistic contact.’
      • ‘Let me conclude this topic by looking at inflation in the art market and artistic attempts to escape it.’
      • ‘Sickert seemed to share Degas' artistic vision in a way he never did with Whistler.’
      • ‘Throughout his career he was an advocate of Constructivism not merely as an artistic movement but as the ideology of a way of life.’
      • ‘The sculptor subsumes his own artistic personality into this collective whole.’
      • ‘It's this artistic energy that makes the art business so much fun for the rest of us.’
      • ‘Yet in his lifetime the horse was of course as much a problem for Stubbs's reputation as it was the cornerstone of his artistic practice.’
      • ‘The executives were trying to wrestle artistic and creative control back.’
      • ‘It was hardly surprising that Glasgow at the end of the 19th century should have been a hotbed of artistic creativity.’
      • ‘For a museum man of those days Reynolds was unusually aware of current artistic trends.’
      • ‘It is one of the great artistic, cultural and creative centres of the world.’
      • ‘Four major exhibitions celebrate different aspects of Turner's artistic achievement this season.’
      • ‘Or if there is a strong creative or artistic aspect in their charts, they can aim for the arts.’
      • ‘I went to a school that catered for artistic and creative ambitions.’
      unconventional, nonconformist, unorthodox, avant-garde, offbeat, off-centre, irregular, original, alternative, experimental, idiosyncratic, eccentric
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    2. 1.2 Aesthetically pleasing.
      ‘computer programs that produce artistic designs’
      • ‘Instead, she watched Seth as he picked up a beautiful, artistic vase, studying it with respect.’
      • ‘In any case, these sweet crepes are artistic creations and legitimate desserts.’
      • ‘In his hand was a blue envelope with his parents' address written on it in his mother's fine, artistic handwriting.’
      • ‘Arrange the asparagus tips on top in an artistic design of your choice.’
      • ‘The powers-that-be assured me that the shots were going to be lovely and artistic.’
      • ‘Firstly, the sole bite mark out of the bottom corner is an exquisite artistic touch of which even Tracey Emin would be proud.’
      • ‘It was such a beautiful, artistic shot, with the blackness outlining this post as it jutted up from the water.’
      • ‘They were exquisite, artistic and elegant, bringing a whole new look to sarees.’
      • ‘Am I ready for the blandness of tasteful white walls and artistic black and white photographic prints?’
      • ‘Children who take along their own flowers will be shown how to turn them into artistic creations.’
      • ‘Generally, viewers are amazed that sexual motifs can be so beautiful and artistic.’
      • ‘Speaking generally, the French designs are the most artistic and the English the most humorous.’
      • ‘It is only after people have a good command of the basics that they can do so in an elegant and artistic manner.’
      • ‘His beautiful artistic hands began to lengthen, his claws replacing his nails.’
      • ‘Out has gone the traditional lawn which has been replaced by water while hedges have been replaced by artistic steel designs.’
      • ‘The film that Alex created, and what he wanted to create, is just beautifully artistic to me.’
      aesthetic, aesthetically pleasing, beautiful, fine, attractive, decorative, ornamental, lovely, moving, emotional, tasteful, graceful, stylish, elegant, subtle, exquisite, expressive
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