• WordNet 3.6
    • adj picturesque suggesting or suitable for a picture; pretty as a picture "a picturesque village"
    • adj picturesque strikingly expressive "a picturesque description of the rainforest"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • a Picturesque 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. "What is picturesque as placed in relation to the beautiful and the sublime? It is . . . the characteristic pushed into a sensible excess."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • picturesque Picture-like; possessing notably original and pleasing qualities such as would be effective in a picture; forming or fitted to form an interesting or striking picture, as a mountain waterfall, or a pine-covered headland, or a gay costume amid appropriate surroundings. The word does not imply the presence of the highest beauty or of sublimity —qualities which belong to a more elevated plane.
    • picturesque Strikingly graphic or vivid; abounding or diversified with striking and vivid imagery: as, picturesque language.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • adj Picturesque pik-tū-resk′ like a picture: such as would make a good or striking picture: expressing the pleasing beauty of a picture
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  • Friedrich Nietzsche
    “Fanatics are picturesque, mankind would rather see gestures than listen to reasons.”
  • Walt Whitman
    “To the real artist in humanity, what are called bad manners are often the most picturesque and significant of all.”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
It. pittoresco,: cf. F. pittoresque,. See Pictorial
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
It. pittorescopittura, a picture—L. pictura.


In literature:

The situation of Yunnan's capital is extraordinarily picturesque.
"A Wayfarer in China" by Elizabeth Kendall
Some of these camps are picturesque, the growth of years from the original log hut.
"The Book of the National Parks" by Robert Sterling Yard
Can any thing be more picturesque?
"The Land of Thor" by J. Ross Browne
Just below Chartier are the picturesque McKee's Rocks, where is the first riffle in the Ohio.
"Afloat on the Ohio" by Reuben Gold Thwaites
The two western towers are very picturesque.
"Portuguese Architecture" by Walter Crum Watson
Just opposite Traitor's Gate is the Bloody Tower, the most picturesque bit of the entire fortress.
"John and Betty's History Visit" by Margaret Williamson
Her versatility, her picturesque individuality, and her imaginative power all combined to win sympathetic recognition.
"Italy, the Magic Land" by Lilian Whiting
But the place is picturesque and interesting; one would not like to have missed it.
"Aztec Land" by Maturin M. Ballou
Picturesque illuminations in the evening.
"The Last Voyage" by Lady (Annie Allnutt) Brassey
This venerable castle is now a picturesque ruin.
"England, Picturesque and Descriptive" by Joel Cook

In poetry:

Oh! beautiful Oban with your lovely bay,
Your surroundings are magnificent on a fine summer-day;
There the lover of the picturesque can behold,
As the sun goes down, the scenery glittering like gold.
"Oban" by William Topaz McGonagall
Therefore all lovers of the picturesque, bo advised by me
And the beautiful scenery of the River Leith go and see,
And I am sure you will get a very great treat,
Because the River of Leith scenery cannot be beat.
"The River of Leith" by William Topaz McGonagall
Of all the cities in the world, Edinburgh for me;
For no matter where I look, some lovely spot I see;
And for picturesque scenery unrivalled you do stand.
Therefore I pronounce you to be the Pride of Fair Scotland.
"Beautiful Edinburgh" by William Topaz McGonagall
Then lovers of the picturesque make haste and go away
To the pretty little village of Callander without delay,
And breathe the fresh air in the harvest time,
And revel amongst romantic scenery in the beautiful sunshine.
"Bonnie Callander" by William Topaz McGonagall
And this is beautiful Oban, where the tourist seldom stays above a night,
A place that fills the lover of the picturesque with delight;
And let all the people that to Oban go
View it in its native loveliness, and it will drive away all woe.
"Oban" by William Topaz McGonagall
Or, with picturesque words, in phrases neat,
With ringing rhymes, and in sonnets sweet,
Had I the skill of the schoolman's craft
My song the murmurous breeze should waft,
And tell to her whom my heart loves best,
How Love outlasteth all the rest.
"Love Outlasteth All" by Harry Breaker Morant

In news:

Its historic center is one of the largest in South America, with 40 colonial churches and chapels, 16 convents and monasteries and picturesque plazas.
The picturesque North Fork is being used as a backdrop for an independent film with some fairly big names involved.
The reigning AL MVP and Cy Young Award winner offered a steady series of 100 mph fastballs that National League hitters sent soaring all over picturesque Kauffman Stadium.
David Lacey would normally enjoy a picturesque day next to the lake where he lives, but his view is far from picturesque.
Picturesque glimpses of old Spain.
The interior is quaint and clean with paintings of the picturesque Italian countryside along the walls.
Nelson, a picturesque mountain hamlet in British Columbia, was built on mining 125 years ago.
There are few things more relaxing than a stroll through the picturesque Dundalk Village Shopping Center on a nice day.
Maybe one in picturesque rural Virginia, in October and November.
Less than twelve hours after a gunman took the lives of 20 schoolchildren in the tiny, picturesque community of Newtown, Conn. Locals gathered outside a Methodist Church for a healing vigil.
A self-guided bicycle tour through New Zealand takes you through many picturesque places in the country known for its scenery.
The 22-year-old event is based in the picturesque ski resort of Courmayeur, near the border of Italy, France, and Switzerland.
Regent's Canal offers picturesque views of London's north side .
A picturesque Victorian village on the banks of the Erie Canal.
Orchestral Suite #4: Scenes Pittoresques ("Picturesque Scenes").

In science:

This dramatic and picturesque scenario of the cosmic doomsday was appropriately named “Big Rip”.
Generalized phantom energy
Sometimes we use the more picturesque expressions sees or observes for coordinatizes.
A logic road from special relativity to general relativity
The configuration of gluon fields in such a picture has been picturesquely dubbed the “colored glass condensate” [187]. A further proposal is to build an Electron-Ion Collider (EIC) at Brookhaven National Laboratory.
Summary: Working Group on QCD and Strong Interactions
As we heard here from van Bibber (van Bibber 2003), axions were invented in order to conserve CP in the strong interactions: in the picturesque analogy of Sikivie (Sikivie 1996), to explain why the strong-interaction pool table is apparently horizontal.
Dark Matter and Dark Energy: Summary and Future Directions
Each year a Summer School in an area of space science is held in the picturesque mountain village of Alpbach, Austria.
Matters of Gravity, the newsletter of the APS TG on gravitation