Definition of essayistic in English:



  • Characteristic of or used in essays.

    ‘the overlap between essayistic and novelistic writing’
    • ‘Hoffman interrupts biographical chapters with essayistic meditations on the difficulty of living ‘between’ two languages and her struggle to achieve fluency in English.’
    • ‘He opens avenues of commentary with essayistic asides on politics and history and mulls over the plot choices he makes and the nuances of the theme of shame.’
    • ‘Part history, part science, part memoir, the book is a weaving, wandering thing, personal and essayistic.’
    • ‘Some chapters are straightforward and matter-of-fact, while others are essayistic.’
    • ‘He has written a novel in the shadow of Jorge Luis Borges, a ‘novel in essayistic form about the search for the ideal language’.’
    • ‘Lopate has spent nearly six decades living in that vortex and grappling with its contradictions by cultivating an essayistic style that's lyrical and historical, elegiac and pragmatic, steely and serene, affable and brash.’
    • ‘Chapters range from heavy biology to essayistic prose.’
    • ‘Consistent with the tape's essayistic structure and tone, these clips serve a purpose more akin to quotation than to the recontextualizing, deconstructive gestures that are characteristic of many such video art tapes.’
    • ‘She is at her most urgent and evocative when she assumes the first person; otherwise the work's essayistic quality obtrudes upon the immediacy and music of the poetry.’
    • ‘Some segments employ fictionalized dialogue delivered by actors; others consist of essayistic voice-overs accompanying aleatory images.’
    • ‘I want to think it is possible to make a personal, sceptical, essayistic film which does not present history as a simple tale of good people and bad, of beginnings, middles and ends.’
    • ‘What avenues are now open to young filmmakers who are interested in getting into the type of personal, essayistic documentary filmmaking that your work has come to typify?’
    • ‘More than anyone, he's broadened the art of documentary, adding impassioned, essayistic advocacy to its repertoire of styles.’
    • ‘These essays aren't the kinds of things that would be published in philosophy journals because they are too essayistic and anecdotal.’
    • ‘French news columns are often more essayistic than American ones, and likewise Arabic news.’
    • ‘That's the trick of the current wave of documentaries, even essayistic ones like ‘The Fog of War’.’