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

adj written or drawn or engraved

graphic symbols”
graphical, in writing
set down in writing in any of various ways

adj relating to or presented by a graph

“a graphic presentation of the data”

adj of or relating to the graphic arts

“"the etchings, drypoints, lithographs, and engravings which together form his graphic work"- British Book News”

adj evoking lifelike images within the mind

graphic accounts of battle”
lifelike, pictorial, vivid
aware or expressing awareness of things as they really are

adj describing nudity or sexual activity in graphic detail

graphic sexual scenes”
explicit, expressed
precisely and clearly expressed or readily observable; leaving nothing to implication

n an image that is generated by a computer

computer graphic
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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