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    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • UK Pronunciation
    • UK IPA
    • [kroh-mat-ik, kruh-]
    • /kroʊˈmæt ɪk, krə-/
    • /krəˈmæt.ɪk/
    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • [kroh-mat-ik, kruh-]
    • /kroʊˈmæt ɪk, krə-/

Definitions of chromatic word

  • adjective chromatic In music, chromatic means related to the scale that consists only of semitones. 3
  • adjective chromatic Chromatic means related to colours. 3
  • adjective chromatic of, relating to, or characterized by a colour or colours 3
  • adjective chromatic involving the sharpening or flattening of notes or the use of such notes in chords and harmonic progressions 3
  • adjective chromatic of or relating to the chromatic scale or an instrument capable of producing it 3
  • adjective chromatic of or relating to chromaticism 3

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Origin of chromatic

First appearance:

before 1590
One of the 37% oldest English words
1590-1600; < Greek chrōmatikós, equivalent to chrōmat- (see chromato-) + -ikos -ic

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Parts of speech for Chromatic


chromatic popularity

A common word. It’s meaning is known to most children of preschool age. About 75% of English native speakers know the meaning and use the word.
Most Europeans know this English word. The frequency of it’s usage is somewhere between "mom" and "screwdriver".

chromatic usage trend in Literature

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Synonyms for chromatic

adj chromatic

  • gaudy — brilliantly or excessively showy: gaudy plumage.
  • vivid — strikingly bright or intense, as color, light, etc.: a vivid green.
  • splashy — making a splash or splashes.
  • vibrant — moving to and fro rapidly; vibrating.
  • multicolored — of several or many colors.

adjective chromatic

  • brilliant — A brilliant person, idea, or performance is extremely clever or skilful.
  • multicoloured — Alternative spelling of multicolored.

Antonyms for chromatic

adj chromatic

  • pale — light-colored or lacking in color: a pale complexion; his pale face; a pale child. lacking the usual intensity of color due to fear, illness, stress, etc.: She looked pale and unwell when we visited her in the nursing home.
  • drab — dull; cheerless; lacking in spirit, brightness, etc.
  • dreary — causing sadness or gloom.
  • faded — to lose brightness or vividness of color.
  • boring — Someone or something boring is so dull and uninteresting that they make people tired and impatient.

adjective chromatic

  • colourless — Something that is colourless has no colour at all.

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