Definition of artistic in US English:

artistic

adjective

  • 1Having or revealing natural creative skill.

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

artistic

/ärˈtistik//ɑrˈtɪstɪk/