Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • adj. Of or relating to art or artists: the artistic community.
  • adj. Sensitive to or appreciative of art or beauty: an artistic temperament.
  • adj. Showing imagination and skill: an artistic design.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. having or revealing creative skill
  • adj. relating to or characteristic of art or artists
  • adj. aesthetically pleasing

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Of or pertaining to art or to artists; made in the manner of an artist; conformable to art; characterized by art; showing taste or skill.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Pertaining to art in any sense, or to artists; characterized by or in conformity with art or with an art; displaying perfection of design or conception and execution; specifically, pertaining to or characterized by art in the esthetic sense; pertaining to one of the fine arts.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adj. relating to or characteristic of art or artists
  • adj. aesthetically pleasing
  • adj. satisfying aesthetic standards and sensibilities

Etymologies

From French artistique (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • I was too young to know the term artistic license, but I understood the concept.

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  • No, because there is no fixed definition for the term artistic or creative?

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  • Only once you have carried out what I call an artistic marketing evaluation I don't mean the design, looking at the web site through the eyes of the customer, and done all you could to improve the value to that customer, should you attempt to use SEO tools to polish the site's technical aspects.

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  • I was afraid you might point out inconsistencies, because my memory is a bit foggy, but hey let's call it artistic freedom, right?

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  • Rather touchingly, inspiration does return in his final years, but Mr. Houellebecq can only describe at a distance the saving graces of what he calls "artistic emotion"—his own cold, clinical writing is never able to activate it.

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  • Lauding what he described as the artistic and technical genius behind the model, Scott said: "This is a magnificent work of art, make no mistake about it."

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  • How little of the artistic is there in 'Canada, and, yet the Arts and Crafts Society is collecting from the foreign colonies out in the west their artistic products, that we of the native stock can only admire and cannot imitate.

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  • It is not merely the special endowment of eye, ear, hand, not merely what we call artistic talent, which is exceptional and vested in individuals only.

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  • She first explored what she calls artistic "in-between-ness" a couple of years back with

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  • If institutions teaching design are only looking to take in 'artistic' people, this problem will probably worsen.

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