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1. Of, suggesting, or suitable for a picture: picturesque rocky shores.
2. Striking or interesting in an unusual way; irregularly or quaintly attractive: a picturesque French café.
3. Strikingly expressive or vivid: picturesque language.

[Alteration of French pittoresque, from Italian pittoresco, from pittore, painter, from Latin pictor; see Pictor.]

pic′tur·esque′ly adv.
pic′tur·esque′ness n.
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Noun1.picturesqueness - the quality of being strikingly expressive or vivid
expressiveness - the quality of being expressive
2.picturesqueness - visually vivid and pleasing
beauty - the qualities that give pleasure to the senses
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[ˌpɪktʃəˈresknɪs] N [of village] → lo pintoresco, pintoresquismo m; [of language, description] → expresividad f
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nMalerische(s) nt; (fig: of account, language) → Bildhaftigkeit f, → Anschaulichkeit f
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(piktʃəˈresk) adjective
(of places) pretty and interesting. a picturesque village.
ˌpictuˈresquely adverb
ˌpictuˈresqueness noun
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References in classic literature ?
His soul palpitating with love of art, he painted the models who hung about the stairway of Bernini in the Piazza de Spagna, undaunted by their obvious picturesqueness; and his studio was full of canvases on which were portrayed moustachioed, large-eyed peasants in peaked hats, urchins in becoming rags, and women in bright petticoats.
The absence of picturesqueness cannot be laid to the charge of the docks opening into the Thames.
The old poetry, as exemplified in the old-fashioned marriage, is a poetry of externals, and certainly it has the advantage of picturesqueness.
To stop and see people, and learn something of their life, and to fill our minds and memories with all the color and picturesqueness of the whole wild, beautiful country and the quaint people!
Just where she had paused, the brook chanced to form a pool so smooth and quiet that it reflected a perfect image of her little figure, with all the brilliant picturesqueness of her beauty, in its adornment of flowers and wreathed foliage, but more refined and spiritualized than the reality.
A thick canopy of trees hung over the very verge of the fall, leaving an arched aperture for the passage of the waters, which imparted a strange picturesqueness to the scene.
He came under the influence of Newman's Apologia; the picturesqueness of the Roman Catholic faith appealed to his esthetic sensibility; and it was only the fear of his father's wrath (a plain, blunt man of narrow ideas, who read Macaulay) which prevented him from 'going over.' When he only got a pass degree his friends were astonished; but he shrugged his shoulders and delicately insinuated that he was not the dupe of examiners.
The picturesqueness of the chimney stacks and tumble-down walls of the burned-out quarters of the town, stretching out and concealing one another, reminded him of the Rhine and the Colosseum.
Many of the tributary streams of Snake River, rival it in the wildness and picturesqueness of their scenery.
But its attractiveness begins and ends with its picturesqueness. From the time one starts ashore till he gets back again, he execrates it.
He related, with that poetry, that picturesqueness, which perhaps he alone possessed at that period, the escape of Fouquet, the pursuit, the furious race, and, lastly, the inimitable generosity of the surintendant, who might have fled ten times over, who might have killed the adversary in the pursuit, but who had preferred imprisonment, perhaps worse, to the humiliation of one who wished to rob him of his liberty.
It has a vividness and picturesqueness all his own, but when Carlyle began to write people cared neither for his style nor for his subjects.