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[stahy-lis-tik] /staɪˈlɪs tɪk/
of or relating to style.
Origin of stylistic
1855-60; style + -istic
Related forms
stylistically, adverb
Can be confused
stylish, stylistic. Unabridged
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Examples from the web for stylistic
  • Coinciding with this stylistic break were major advances in digital technology.
  • They are sentences in a stylistic sense rather than from the strictly formal linguistic standpoint.
  • The results often include stylistic spellings and celebrations of conflated imagination.
  • Such differences, stylistic and substantive, have not hampered their extracurricular life.
  • The back, too, shows some stylistic creativity in the industrial design department.
  • The stylistic difference between the pair has only made their tandem stronger.
  • We've used each artist's work as a stylistic inspiration for his or her film.
  • People often don't understand that critics need not--and should not--write from a particular ideological or stylistic bias.
  • Each illustration portrays an astonishingly detailed world, a stylistic era, a range of emotion.
  • They convert a stylistic virtue into a vice, then lock us up in an addiction.
British Dictionary definitions for stylistic


of or relating to style, esp artistic or literary style
Derived Forms
stylistically, adverb
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Word Origin and History for stylistic

1860; see style + -istic.

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