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impressionist

[im-presh-uh-nist] /ɪmˈprɛʃ ə nɪst/
noun
1.
a person who follows or adheres to the theories, methods, and practices of impressionism, especially in the fields of painting, music, or literature.
2.
an entertainer who does impressions.
adjective
3.
(usually initial capital letter) Fine Arts. of, pertaining to, or characteristic of Impressionism:
Impressionist paintings; Impressionist artists.
Origin
1875-1880
1875-80; < French impressionniste. See impression, -ist
Related forms
impressionistic, adjective
impressionistically, adverb
nonimpressionistic, adjective
semi-impressionistic, adjective
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Word Origin and History for impressionistically

impressionist

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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