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Art is a diverse range of human activities and the products of those activities; this article focuses primarily on the visual arts, which includes the creation of images or objects in fields including painting, sculpture, printmaking, photography, and other visual media.

artistic adj 1: relating to or characteristic of art or artists; "his artistic background" 2: satisfying aesthetic standards and sensibilities; "artistic workmanship" 3: aesthetically pleasing; "an artistic flower arrangement" [syn: {aesthetic}, {esthetic}, {pleasing}]

75 Moby Thesaurus words for "artistic": Attic, Daedalian, adept, adroit, aesthetic, apt, art-conscious, arty, authoritative, beautiful, bravura, brilliant, chaste, choice, classic, clean, clever, coordinated, crack, crackerjack, cunning, cute, daedal, deft, dexterous, dextrous, diplomatic, excellent, expert, fancy, good, goodish, graceful, handy, in good taste, ingenious, magisterial, masterful, masterly, neat, no mean, of choice, of consummate art, of quality, ornamental, painterly, pleasing, politic, professional, proficient, pure, quick, quiet, quite some, ready, resourceful, restrained, simple, skillful, slick, some, statesmanlike, stylish, subdued, tactful, tasteful, the compleat, the complete, unaffected, understated, unobtrusive, virtuoso, well-chosen, well-done, workmanlike

Artistic \Ar*tis"tic\, Artistical \Ar*tis"tic*al\, a. [Cf. F. artistique, fr. artiste.] Of or pertaining to art or to artists; made in the manner of an artist; conformable to art; characterized by art; showing taste or skill. -- {Ar*tis"tic*al*ly}, adv. [1913 Webster]


Creativity refers to the invention or origination of any new thing (a product, solution, artwork, literary work, joke, etc.) that has value.

creative adj 1: having the ability or power to create; "a creative imagination" [syn: {originative}] [ant: {uncreative}] 2: promoting construction or creation; "creative work" 3: having the power to bring into being [syn: {originative}]

Creative \Cre*a"tive\ (-t?v), a. Having the power to create; exerting the act of creation. ``Creative talent.'' --W. Irving. [1913 Webster] The creative force exists in the germ. --Whewell. [1913 Webster]

Data Sources:

  • artistic: WordNet (r) 2.0
  • artistic: Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0
  • artistic: The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.44
  • creative: WordNet (r) 2.0
  • creative: The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.44

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