artistic license

Main Entry:  artistic license
Part of Speech:  n
Definition:  the freedom to create an artwork, musical work, or piece of writing based on the artist's interpretation and mainly for effect; also called poetic license, etc.
Example:  Artistic license often provokes controversy by offending those who resent the reinterpretation of cherished beliefs or previous works.
Etymology:  1845
Usage:  colloquialism
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