American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- adj. Not conforming to the principles or criteria of art: "Never would she resort to the inartistic expedient of modifying her work to suit the popular taste” ( Edith Wharton).
- adj. Lacking taste or interest in art.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Not artistic; not conformable to the rules or principles of art; deficient in liking for or appreciation of art.
- adj. lacking aesthetic sensibility
“Whether they ought to be called inartistic or not, we will leave time to decide, if it has not done so already; the Russian and other Slavonic composers, who are now coming more and more to the front, seem to be little in doubt as to their legitimacy.”
“Whatever their source, there was, either in the composition itself or in his mode of playing, not a little of the inartistic, that is, the lawless.”
“Every personal soul, however "inartistic," is an artist in this sense; and every personal life thus considered is an effective or ineffective "work of art.”
“Old portraits and any kind of inartistic picture or print were brought forth to gratify the eye unaccustomed to such monotony.”
“Timon changes from benevolence to sour misanthropy with a many inartistic abruptness, many readers feel.”
“His best stories, essays, and poems went begging among them, and yet, each month, he read reams of dull, prosy, inartistic stuff between all their various covers.”
“In fact, for him to die elsewhere would be inartistic and insincere.”
“She was painfully inartistic, as Mr. Hofstram was happy to constantly point out to her.”
“As for me, though I am largely inartistic, I am sure I would much prefer the coloring book.”
“Why does John Carey want them to stop calling it that, unless they also stipulate that "anything" can be art if claiming otherwise makes the "inartistic" feel bad?”
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