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[im-presh-uh-nist] /ɪmˈprɛʃ ə nɪst/
a person who follows or adheres to the theories, methods, and practices of impressionism, especially in the fields of painting, music, or literature.
an entertainer who does impressions.
(usually initial capital letter) Fine Arts. of, relating to, or characteristic of Impressionism:
Impressionist paintings; Impressionist artists.
Origin of impressionist
1875-80; < French impressionniste. See impression, -ist
Related forms
impressionistic, adjective
impressionistically, adverb
nonimpressionistic, adjective
semi-impressionistic, adjective Unabridged
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  • The major difficulty here is that the tests themselves have not been adequately validated and are basically impressionistic.
  • But even these broad categories and divisions often seem rather impressionistic, imprecise and overlapping.
  • It's a strange and eerie environment, hence my use of an impressionistic voice to try to transmit the beauty.
  • But his impressionistic ramble through his homeland is indeed telling.
  • One is left at the end, not with data, but with impressionistic images of bodies in motion.
  • Booth's method of judging streets was necessarily impressionistic.
  • He also recognises that the commission's use of statistics is impressionistic.
  • These are skilful works with impressionistic brush-strokes and rich impasto.
  • The sculptures in the park are a mixture of traditional, modern and impressionistic art with installation art, too.
  • Your writing style is spare and matter-of-fact, almost impressionistic.
British Dictionary definitions for impressionistic


(usually capital) any of the French painters of the late 19th century who were exponents of impressionism
(sometimes capital) any artist, composer, or writer who uses impressionism
an entertainer who impersonates famous people
(often capital) denoting, of, or relating to impressionism or the exponents of this style
Derived Forms
impressionistic, adjective
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Word Origin and History for impressionistic

1886; see impressionist + -ic.


as a style of painting aiming to represent overall impressions rather than exact details, first attested in English 1876 (adjective and noun), coined in French 1874 by French critic Louis Leroy ("école impressionniste") in a disparaging reference to Monet's sunset painting "Impression, Soleil Levant." Later extended to other arts.

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