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or Ex·pres·sion·ism  (ĭk-sprĕsh′ə-nĭz′əm)
A movement in the arts during the early 1900s that emphasized distortion of external reality in order to express the artist's subjective experience.

ex·pres′sion·ist n.
ex·pres′sion·is′tic adj.
ex·pres′sion·is′ti·cal·ly adv.
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Adj.1.expressionistic - of or relating to expressionism; "expressionist art"
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