Picturesque Pic`tur*esque", a. [It. pittoresco: cf. F. pittoresque. See {Pictorial}.] Forming, or fitted to form, a good or pleasing picture; representing with the clearness or ideal beauty appropriate to a picture; expressing that peculiar kind of beauty which is agreeable in a picture, natural or artificial; graphic; vivid; as, a picturesque scene or attitude; picturesque language. [1913 Webster]

What is picturesque as placed in relation to the beautiful and the sublime? It is . . . the characteristic pushed into a sensible excess. --De Quincey. [1913 Webster] -- {Pic`tur*esque"ly}, adv. -- {Pic`tur*esque"ness}, n. [1913 Webster]

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