picturesquely

picturesque

[pik-chuh-resk]
adjective
1.
visually charming or quaint, as if resembling or suitable for a painting: a picturesque fishing village.
2.
(of writing, speech, etc.) strikingly graphic or vivid; creating detailed mental images: a picturesque description of the Brazilian jungle.
3.
having pleasing or interesting qualities; strikingly effective in appearance: a picturesque hat.

Origin:
1695–1705; < French pittoresque < Italian pittoresco (pittor(e) painter + -esco -esque), with assimilation to picture

picturesquely, adverb
picturesqueness, noun
unpicturesque, adjective
unpicturesquely, adverb
unpicturesqueness, noun

picaresque, picturesque (see synonym study at the current entry).


2. Picturesque, graphic, vivid apply to descriptions that produce a strong, especially a visual, impression. Picturesque is a less precise term than the other two. A picturesque account, though striking and interesting, may be inaccurate or may reflect personal ideas: He called the landscape picturesque. A graphic account is more objective and factual: it produces a clear, definite impression, and carries conviction. A vivid account is told with liveliness and intenseness; the description is so interesting, or even exciting, that the reader or hearer may be emotionally stirred.
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picturesque (ˌpɪktʃəˈrɛsk)
 
adj
1.  visually pleasing, esp in being striking or vivid: a picturesque view
2.  having a striking or colourful character, nature, etc
3.  (of language) graphic; vivid
 
[C18: from French pittoresque (but also influenced by picture), from Italian pittoresco, from pittore painter, from Latin pictor]
 
pictur'esquely
 
adv
 
pictur'esqueness
 
n

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picturesque
1703, on pattern of Fr. pittoresque, a loan-word from It. pittoresco "pictorial" (1664), from pittore "painter," from L. pictorem (nom. pictor), see pictorial.
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