chromatic

The adjective chromatic is useful for describing things related to color, like the beautiful chromatic variation of the sky at sunset.

You could describe the chromatic intensity of a fireworks display or the excellent chromatic perception of an artist, who is skilled at seeing nuances of color. In physics, the word chromatic has to do with the scientific aspects of color and light. The earliest uses of chromatic, in the 1590s, only referred to music, but by the 1800s it was used to mean "color," which is also the meaning of the Greek root, khroma.

PRIMARY MEANINGS OF: chromatic

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adj
being or having or characterized by hue
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adj
able to refract light without spectral color separation
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adj
based on a scale consisting of 12 semitones
FULL DEFINITIONS OF: chromatic
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adj being or having or characterized by hue

Synonyms
amber, brownish-yellow, yellow-brown
of a medium to dark brownish yellow color
amber-green
of green tinged with amber
amethyst
of a moderate purple color
auburn
(of hair) colored a moderate reddish-brown
aureate, gilded, gilt, gold, golden
having the deep slightly brownish color of gold
avocado
of the dull yellowish green of the meat of an avocado
azure, bright blue, cerulean, sky-blue
of a deep somewhat purplish blue color similar to that of a clear October sky
beige
of a light greyish-brown color
blackish-brown
of brown tinged with black
blackish-red
of red tinged with black
blae
of bluish-black or grey-blue
blue, blueish, bluish
of the color intermediate between green and violet; having a color similar to that of a clear unclouded sky
blue-green, bluish green, cyan, teal
of a bluish shade of green
blue-lilac, bluish-lilac
of lavender tinged with blue
blue-purple, bluish-purple
of purple tinged with blue
blue-violet, bluish-violet
of violet tinted with blue
blushful, rosy
of blush color
bottle-green
of a dark to moderate greyish green color
bright-red, raspberry-red
of the red of fresh raspberries
bronze, bronzy
of the color of bronze
bronze-red
of red tinged with bronze
brown, brownish, chocolate-brown, dark-brown
of a color similar to that of wood or earth
brown-green, brownish-green
of green tinged with brown
brown-purple, brownish-purple
of dark purple tinted with brown
buff
of the yellowish-beige color of buff leather
buff-brown
of brown tinged with buff
canary, canary-yellow
having the color of a canary; of a light to moderate yellow
caramel, caramel brown
having the color of caramel; of a moderate yellow-brown
carnation
pink or pinkish
chartreuse
of something having the yellowish green color of Chartreuse liqueur
chestnut
(of hair or feathers) of a golden brown to reddish brown color
chestnut-brown
(of hair or feathers) of brown tinged with chestnut
copper colored, coppery
of something having the color of copper
coral
of a strong pink to yellowish-pink color
coral-red
of red tinged with coral
creamy
of the color of cream
creamy-yellow
yellow with a creamy tinge
cress green, cresson, watercress
of a moderate yellow-green color that is greener and deeper than moss green and yellower and darker than pea green
crimson-magenta
magenta tinged with crimson
crimson-purple
purple tinged with crimson
crimson-yellow
yellow tinged with crimson
dark-blue
of a dark shade of blue
deep-pink
of a deep shade of pink
deep-yellow
of something having the color of a pumpkin
dull-purple
of a dull shade of purple
dun
of a dull greyish brown to brownish grey color
earthlike
earth colored; of something having a color of soil or earth
fuscous, taupe
of something having a dusky brownish grey color
golden-yellow
of yellow tinged with gold
golden-brown
of brown tinged with gold
golden-green
of green tinged with gold
gray-blue, grayish-blue, grey-blue, greyish-blue
of blue tinged with grey
gray-brown, grayish-brown, grey-brown, greyish-brown
of brown tinged with grey
gray-green, grayish-green, grey-green, greyish-green
of green tinged with grey
gray-pink, grayish-pink, grey-pink, greyish-pink
of pink tinged with grey
dark-green, green, greenish, light-green
of the color between blue and yellow in the color spectrum; similar to the color of fresh grass
greenish-brown
of brown tinged with green
hazel
of a light brown or yellowish brown color
hazel-brown
of brown tinged with hazel
honey
of something having the color of honey
jade, jade-green
of something having the color of jade; especially varying from bluish green to yellowish green
khaki
of a yellowish brown color
lavender, lilac, lilac-colored
of a pale purple color
lavender-tinged
of something tinged with lavender
light-blue, pale blue
of a light shade of blue
lilac-blue, violet-blue
of blue tinged with lavender
lavender-pink, lilac-pink, violet-pink
of pink tinged with lavender
lilac-purple
of purple tinged with lilac
magenta
of deep purplish red
magenta pink
of pink tinged with magenta
brownish-red, maroon
of dark brownish to purplish red
maroon-purple
of purple tinged with maroon
mauve
of a pale to moderate greyish violet color
mauve-blue
of blue tinged with mauve
mauve-pink
of pink tinged with mauve
moss green, mosstone
of a moderate somewhat dull yellow-green color
mouse-colored, mouselike, mousey, mousy
of something having a drab pale brown color resembling a mouse
ocher, ochre
of a moderate orange-yellow color
olive-brown
of a brown color with a greenish tinge
drab, olive-drab
of a light brownish green color
olive
of a yellow-green color similar to that of an unripe olive
orange, orangish
of the color between red and yellow; similar to the color of a ripe orange
orange-red, orangish-red
of red tinged with orange
orange-brown
of brown tinged with orange
peachy, peachy-colored, peachy-coloured
of something resembling a peach in color
peacock-blue
of bright greenish blue
pea-green
of a moderate slightly yellowish-green color
pink, pinkish
of a light shade of red
pink-lavender, pinkish-lavender
of lavender tinged with pink
pink-orange, pinkish-orange, salmon
of orange tinged with pink
pink-red
of red tinged with pink
pink-tinged
of a color tinged with pink
pink-purple, pinkish-purple
of purple tinged with pink
powder blue, powdery-blue
of a moderate to pale blue or purplish blue
purple, purplish, violet
of a color intermediate between red and blue
purple-blue, purplish-blue
of blue tinged with purple
purple-brown, purplish-brown
of brown tinged with purple
purple-green, purplish-green
of green tinged with purple
purple-lilac, purplish-lilac
of lavender tinged with purple
purple-red, purplish-red
of red tinged with purple
purple-tinged, purple-tinted
of a color tinged with purple
blood-red, carmine, cerise, cherry, cherry-red, crimson, red, reddish, ruby, ruby-red, ruddy, scarlet
of a color at the end of the color spectrum (next to orange); resembling the color of blood or cherries or tomatoes or rubies
mahogany-red, red-brown, reddish-brown
of brown tinged with red
red-lavender, reddish-lavender
of something having a lavender color tinged with red
reddish-pink
of a pink color that is close to red
flame-orange, red-orange, reddish-orange
of orange tinged with red
red-purple, reddisn-purple
of purple tinged with red
red-violet, reddish-violet
of violet tinged with red
rosaceous, rose, roseate
of something having a dusty purplish pink color
rose-red
of a deep slightly bluish red color
rose-lavender, rose-lilac
of lavender tinged with rose
rose-mauve
of mauve tinged with rose
rose-purple, rosy-purple
of purple with a rose tinge
rose-tinged, rose-tinted
of a color tinged with rose
russet
of brown with a reddish tinge
rust, rust-brown, rusty
of the brown color of rust
rust-red, rusty-red
of a red color tinged with rust
rusty-brown
of something having the brown color of rust
sage, sage-green
of the grey-green color of sage leaves
sapphire
of something having the color of a blue sapphire
scarlet-crimson
of crimson tinged with scarlet
scarlet-pink
of pink tinged with scarlet
sea-green
of the color of the sea; bluish green
silver-blue, silvery-blue
of something having a color that is a light shiny blue
silver-green, silvery-green
of something having a color that is a light shiny green
chukker-brown, mummy-brown, snuff, snuff-brown
snuff colored; of a greyish to yellowish brown
brownish-orange, sorrel
of a light brownish color
stone
of any of various dull tannish or grey colors
straw
of a pale yellow color like straw; straw-colored
sulfur-yellow, sulphur-yellow
of something having the yellow color of sulfur
tan
of a light yellowish-brown color
tannish
of a color resembling tan
tangerine
of a strong reddish orange color
tawny, tawny-brown
of a light brown to brownish orange color; the color of tanned leather
ultramarine
of a brilliant pure blue to purplish blue color
umber
of the color of any of various natural brown earth pigments
Chinese-red, cinnabar, vermilion, vermillion
of a vivid red to reddish-orange color
vinaceous
of the color of wine
violet-tinged, violet-tinted
of something that is tinged with violet
white-pink
of pink tinged with white; a light tint of pink
wine-red
of something having the dark red color of red wine
xanthous, yellow, yellowish
of the color intermediate between green and orange in the color spectrum; of something resembling the color of an egg yolk
yellow-beige, yellowish-beige
of beige tinged with yellow;
yellow-green
of a color midway between yellow and green
yellow-orange, yellowish-orange
of orange tinged with yellow
yellow-tinged
of a color tinged with yellow
colored, colorful, coloured
having color or a certain color; sometimes used in combination
Antonyms:
achromatic, neutral
having no hue
argent, silver, silverish, silvery
of lustrous grey; covered with or tinged with the color of silver
ash-gray, ash-grey, ashy
of a light grey
blackish
of something that is somewhat black
black-gray, black-grey, blackish-gray, blackish-grey
of dark grey
blue-white, bluish-white, cool-white
of white tinged with blue
blue-gray, blue-grey, bluish-gray, bluish-grey
of grey tinged with blue
blue-black, bluish black
of black tinged with blue
brown-black, brownish-black
of black tinged with brown
brown-gray, brown-grey, brownish-gray, brownish-grey
of grey tinged with brown
canescent
of greyish white
chalky
of something having the color of chalk
charcoal, charcoal-gray, charcoal-grey
of a very dark grey
coal-black, jet, jet-black, pitchy, sooty
of the blackest black; similar to the color of jet or coal
cottony-white
of something as white as cotton
dull-white
of a dull shade of white
ebon, ebony
of a very dark black
gray, grayish, grey, greyish
of an achromatic color of any lightness intermediate between the extremes of white and black
gray-black, grayish-black, grey-black, greyish-black
of black tinged with grey
gray-white, grayish-white, grey-white, greyish-white
of white tinged with grey
greenish-gray, greenish-grey
of grey tinged with green
green-white, greenish-white
of white flowers tinged with green
hueless
of something totally lacking in saturation and therefore having no hue
ink-black, inky, inky-black
of the color of black ink
iron-gray, iron-grey
of the grey color of iron
lily-white
of a pure white color
milk-white
of a white the color of fresh milk
olive-gray, olive-grey
of grey tinged with olive
dark-gray, dark-grey, oxford-gray, oxford-grey
of a dark shade of grey
pearl gray, pearl grey
of a grey with a pearly tinge
pearly, pearly-white
of a white the color of pearls
pinkish-white
of white tinged with pink
purple-black, purplish-black
of black tinged with purple
purple-white, purplish-white
of white tinged with purple
red-gray, red-grey, reddish-gray, reddish-grey
of grey tinged with red
sable
of a dark somewhat brownish black
silver-gray, silver-grey, silvery-gray, silvery-grey
of grey resembling silver
silver-white, silvery-white
of a white that resembles silver
slate-black
of a black tinged with slate-grey
slate-gray, slate-grey, slatey, slaty, slaty-gray, slaty-grey, stone-gray, stone-grey
of the color of slate or granite
snow-white, snowy
of the white color of snow
soot-black, sooty-black
of the black color of soot
violet-black
of black tinged with violet
white-flowered
(of plants) having white flowers
off-white, whitish
of something having a color tending toward white
yellow-gray, yellow-grey, yellowish-gray, yellowish-grey
of grey tinged with yellow
yellow-white, yellowish-white
of a white tinged with yellow
colorless, colourless
weak in color; not colorful
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adj able to refract light without spectral color separation

chromatic lens”
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adj based on a scale consisting of 12 semitones

“a chromatic scale”
Antonyms:
diatonic
based on the standard major or minor scales consisting of 5 tones and 2 semitones without modulation by accidentals
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