from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th 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.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. Lacking in artistic ability.
  • adj. Not done in an artistic style.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Not artistic; not conformable to the rules or principles of art; deficient in liking for or appreciation of art.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adj. lacking aesthetic sensibility


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  • 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.

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  • 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.

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  • 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."

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  • Old portraits and any kind of inartistic picture or print were brought forth to gratify the eye unaccustomed to such monotony.

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  • Timon changes from benevolence to sour misanthropy with a many inartistic abruptness, many readers feel.

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  • 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.

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  • In fact, for him to die elsewhere would be inartistic and insincere.

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  • She was painfully inartistic, as Mr. Hofstram was happy to constantly point out to her.

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  • As for me, though I am largely inartistic, I am sure I would much prefer the coloring book.

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  • 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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