graphic (adj.)

"vivid, describing accurately ," 1660s (graphically "vividly" is from 1570s), from Latin graphicus "picturesque," from Greek graphikos "of or for writing, belonging to drawing, picturesque," from graphe "writing, drawing," from graphein "to write" (see -graphy). Meaning "pertaining to drawing" is from 1756. Meaning "pertaining to the use of diagrams" is from 1866. Related: Graphically. Graphic design is attested by 1956. Graphic equalizer is from 1969.

updated on April 16, 2015

Definitions of graphic from WordNet
graphic (adj.)
written or drawn or engraved;
graphic symbols
Synonyms: graphical / in writing
graphic (adj.)
describing nudity or sexual activity in graphic detail;
graphic sexual scenes
graphic (adj.)
of or relating to the graphic arts; "the etchings, drypoints, lithographs, and engravings which together form his graphic work"- British Book News;
graphic (adj.)
relating to or presented by a graph;
a graphic presentation of the data
Synonyms: graphical
graphic (adj.)
evoking lifelike images within the mind;
graphic accounts of battle
Synonyms: lifelike / pictorial / vivid
graphic (n.)
an image that is generated by a computer;
Synonyms: computer graphic
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