Definition of architectonic in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˌɑːkɪtɛkˈtɒnɪk/


1Relating to architecture or architects.
Example sentences
  • There's a whole lot more of this kind of thing around the site and, although much of it is architectonic rather than specifically architectural, it is quite often great fun.
  • Abraham chose a scissor stair not only for ease (it allows two means of egress on each floor) but also for architectonic reasons.
  • The museum's design and modern, interactive exhibits, he says, complement the architectonic features of the building.
2(Of an artistic composition) having a clearly defined structure, especially one that is artistically pleasing: the painting’s architectonic harmony
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  • Here, as in all his paintings, McCleary simplifies his forms and clearly defines his architectonic spaces with carefully positioned planes.
  • He was also a mathematical theorist, and his monumental, architectonic compositions and simplified figures reflect his interest in geometry and perspective as well as in colour and light.
  • Instead his central theme was the harmony of the figures with the landscape expressed through solid forms, strict architectonic structure, and the earth tones of the bodies.


(architectonics) [usually treated as singular]
1The scientific study of architecture.
2Musical, literary, or artistic structure: his later novels display more concern with architectonics
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  • Its rigid architectonics of narrative underdetermine character, stabilizing it: a multiplicity of signs is reduced to a paucity of meaning; the paranoid is frozen in someone else's text.
  • The notation of non-events becomes an ‘almost impossible’ form of writing, attractive in all the things it refuses: meaning, continuity, plot, architectonics.
  • The movie theater and subway platform scenes are the most interesting, especially the latter with their perpendicular architectonics and shifting perspectives.



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  • It's instructive to read it in tandem with his collection of Italian Folktales, which ironically turn out to be more architectonically constructed than the stories in Castle.
  • The symbolic force for this feast derives from the ‘architectonically distinguished setting’ and the use of exotic dining equipment.
  • There is always the slight sense of complexity generated, however cleverly and architectonically, for the sake of it; of addition rather than reduction, though the workmanship, even in trickier moments, is generally exceptional.


Mid 17th century: via Latin from Greek arkhitektonikos, from arkhitektōn (see architect).

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