adjective Also, graphical.
giving a clear and effective picture; vivid: a graphic account of an earthquake.
pertaining to the use of diagrams, graphs, mathematical curves, or the like; diagrammatic.
of, pertaining to, or expressed by writing: graphic symbols.
written, inscribed, or drawn.
depicted in a realistic or vivid manner: graphic sex and violence.
containing graphic descriptions: a graphic movie.
Geology. (of a rock) having a texture formed by the intergrowth of certain minerals so as to resemble written characters.
Mathematics. pertaining to the determination of values, solution of problems, etc., by direct measurement on diagrams instead of by ordinary calculations.
of or pertaining to the graphic arts.
a product of the graphic arts, as a drawing or print.
a computer-generated image.

1630–40; < Latin graphicus of painting or drawing < Greek graphikós able to draw or paint, equivalent to gráph(ein) to draw, write + -ikos -ic; cognate with carve

graphically, adverb
graphicalness, graphicness, noun
nongraphic, adjective
nongraphical, adjective
nongraphically, adverb
nongraphicalness, noun
ungraphic, adjective
ungraphical, adjective
ungraphically, adverb

1. striking, telling; detailed. See picturesque. Unabridged


a combination of -graph and -ic, forming adjectives corresponding to nouns ending in -graph:, telegraphic. Unabridged
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graphic or graphical (ˈɡræfɪk)
1.  vividly or clearly described: a graphic account of the disaster
2.  sexually explicit
3.  of or relating to writing or other inscribed representations: graphic symbols
4.  maths using, relating to, or determined by a graph: a graphic representation of the figures
5.  of or relating to the graphic arts
6.  geology having or denoting a texture formed by intergrowth of the crystals to resemble writing: graphic granite
[C17: from Latin graphicus, from Greek graphikos, from graphein to write; see carve]
graphical or graphical
[C17: from Latin graphicus, from Greek graphikos, from graphein to write; see carve]
'graphically or graphical
'graphicly or graphical
'graphicalness or graphical
'graphicness or graphical

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Word Origin & History

1610, "traced" (implied in graphical), from L. graphicus "picturesque," from Gk. graphikos "of or for writing, belonging to drawing, picturesque," from graphe "writing, drawing," from graphein "write," originally "to scratch" on clay tablets with a stylus. Meaning "of or pertaining to drawing" is from
1756; that of "vivid" is from 1669, on the notion of words that produce the effect of a picture.
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Example sentences
The grand jury indictment is graphic and troubling in its scope and detail.
In terms of conveying information, this is not an effective graphic.
Graphic organizers are useful tools for building knowledge and organizing
So be advised, some of the images are graphic depictions of medical conditions.
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