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picturesque

[pik-chuh-resk] /ˌpɪk tʃəˈrɛsk/
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
1695-1705; < French pittoresque < Italian pittoresco (pittor(e) painter + -esco -esque), with assimilation to picture
Related forms
picturesquely, adverb
picturesqueness, noun
unpicturesque, adjective
unpicturesquely, adverb
unpicturesqueness, noun
Can be confused
picaresque, picturesque (see synonym study at the current entry)
Synonyms
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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British Dictionary definitions for picturesquely

picturesque

/ˌpɪktʃəˈrɛsk/
adjective
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
Derived Forms
picturesquely, adverb
picturesqueness, noun
Word Origin
C18: from French pittoresque (but also influenced by picture), from Italian pittoresco, from pittore painter, from Latin pictor
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Word Origin and History for picturesquely

picturesque

adj.

1703, on pattern of French pittoresque, a loan-word from Italian pittoresco, literally "pictorial" (1660s), from pittore "painter," from Latin pictorem (nominative pictor); see painter (n.1). As a noun from 1749. Related: Picturesquely; picturesqueness.

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