(New American Roget's College Thesaurus)
adj. picturesque, vivid; dramatic. See color, variegation, drama.Ant., monochromatic, pallid, dull.
(Roget's IV) modif.
Syn. vivid, picturesque, eventful, eccentric; see bright 1 , 2 , interesting , multicolored , unusual 2 .
(Roget's 3 Superthesaurus) a.
1. brightly or variously colored vivid, vibrant, multihued, chromatic, striking, showy, gaudy, pavonine, iridescent, rainbowlike, florid, loud, kaleidoscopic, screaming, variegated, graphic, eye-catching, picturesque, psychedelic.
2. interesting unusual, dynamic, eccentric, distinctive, unique, offbeat, glamorous, extravagant.
ANT.: 1. achromatic, pallid, lackluster. 2. dull, drab, nondescript, *ho-hum, *as distinctive as a plain brown wrapper, *as distinctive as a brick in the wall
(Roget's Thesaurus II) adjective 1. Full of color: bright, gay, rich, vivid. See COLORS. 2. Evoking strong mental images through distinctiveness: picturesque, vivid. See STRONG.

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