• WordNet 3.6
    • n picturesqueness visually vivid and pleasing
    • n picturesqueness the quality of being strikingly expressive or vivid
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n picturesqueness The character of being picturesque.
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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.”


In literature:

His speech was picturesque and his observations covered a wide area.
"A Daughter of the Middle Border" by Hamlin Garland
The view of Derry at the distance of a mile or two is the most picturesque of any place I have seen.
"A Tour in Ireland 1776-1779" by Arthur Young
This sloping roof gave the one element of unconscious picturesqueness which redeemed the prosaic ugliness of these bare-walled houses.
"Home Life in Colonial Days" by Alice Morse Earle
In the picturesque Island of Camiguin a volcano mountain suddenly arose from the plain in 1872.
"The Philippine Islands" by John Foreman
The grounds about it are well preserved and very picturesque.
"The Gypsies" by Charles G. Leland
A picturesque fort guards the entrance to the bay.
"A Voyage round the World" by W.H.G. Kingston
The country round the Oswego is fertile and beautiful, and the river, with its islands, falls, and rapids, very picturesque.
"Diary in America, Series One" by Frederick Marryat (AKA Captain Marryat)
Its valley, or bed, being spanned by a number of bridges, adds not a little to its picturesqueness.
"Fair Italy, the Riviera and Monte Carlo" by W. Cope Devereux
In brilliancy, dramatic instinct and power of picturesque narration, Motley was Prescott's equal, if not his superior.
"American Men of Mind" by Burton E. Stevenson
It has some extremely picturesque points and would make over beautifully.
"Floyd Grandon's Honor" by Amanda Minnie Douglas

In poetry:

Oh! beautiful Torquay, with your lovely scenery,
And your magnificent cottages sloping down to the sea,
You are the most charming spot in all England,
With your picturesque bay and villas most grand.
"Beautiful Torquay" by William Topaz McGonagall
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
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:

On a trip to Italy awhile back I was traversing the hilly environs of the picturesque town of Lucca , a beautiful village happily engaged in Saturday shopping.
There's a gleam of the picturesque in Marcia Lam's culinary evolution.
Visit Some Of Cheshire's Most Picturesque Land.
Take detour on state's picturesque Rustic Roads.
It features the three brothers — Greg, Nathan and Kendal singing and dancing Gangnam style with other Peterson family members, as well as farming scenes from their picturesque farm near Assaria.
The refuge is arguably the most picturesque of the Long Island refuges .
Regent 's Canal offers picturesque views of London's north side.
This is the third year for this event that give the public an opportunity to access and view this picturesque valley.
The Romantic Road winds through some of Germany's most picturesque countryside complete with medieval villages and Baroque Palaces.
With warmish water and picturesque boulders, Sand Harbor is the place to swim in Lake Tahoe.
It's set in a totally picturesque location complete with a fish pond.
Bad news for the picturesque tourist attraction believed for the past two centuries to be Shakespeare 's mum's childhood home.
A 30-year old man is being held on $20,000 bail for being accused of strangling a pelican to death Wednesday evening on the picturesque Malibu Pier.
The stunningly picturesque mountain town of Telluride , Colo.
When times are good at Madelia Golf Course, its location beside the Watonwan River offers patrons some truly picturesque scenery as they navigate holes that wind right alongside the riverbanks.

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