Something graphic is visual. Graphic design is made of visual elements. A graphic novel tells its story with pictures. And a story that is too graphic is too good at showing you things that are, for example, shocking or violent.

Derived from the Greek graphikos, meaning "drawn" or "written," graphic shows up often before words such as design or art. There's debate over whether Norman Rockwell was a painter or just a graphic artist. In certain cases, usually involving loaded issues such as violence or sex, graphic means overly clear in a visual way. Gruesome slasher movies could be too graphic for some viewers, leaving them feeling sick to their stomachs.

Definitions of graphic
  1. adjective
    written or drawn or engraved
    graphic symbols”
    synonyms: graphical, in writing
    set down in writing in any of various ways
  2. adjective
    relating to or presented by a graph
    “a graphic presentation of the data”
    synonyms: graphical
  3. adjective
    of or relating to the graphic arts
    “"the etchings, drypoints, lithographs, and engravings which together form his graphic work"- British Book News”
  4. adjective
    evoking lifelike images within the mind
    graphic accounts of battle”
    synonyms: lifelike, pictorial, vivid
    aware or expressing awareness of things as they really are
  5. adjective
    describing nudity or sexual activity in graphic detail
    explicit, expressed
    precisely and clearly expressed or readily observable; leaving nothing to implication
  6. noun
    an image that is generated by a computer
    synonyms: computer graphic
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    type of:
    icon, ikon, image, picture
    a visual representation (of an object or scene or person or abstraction) produced on a surface
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