artistic license

(redirected from Artistic licence)
Also found in: Dictionary, Thesaurus, Wikipedia.
Related to Artistic licence: Poetic licence

artistic license

1. Intentional violations of or deviations from traditional forms, standards, or syntax by a writer in order to achieve a particular effect. Don't get hung up on adhering too strictly to iambic pentameter—you can use a bit of artistic license if it means preserving the meaning and rhythm you want. Any two-bit poet can string together a jumble of words and call it artistic license.
2. Minor changes to or misrepresentations of facts or history in the name of art or for the sake of an agenda. People complain about minor inaccuracies in historical dramas, but honestly they wouldn't be able to make the movies marketable without using a little artistic license.
See also: artistic, license

artistic/poetic ˈlicence

(often ironic) the freedom of artists or writers to change facts in order to make a story, painting, etc. more interesting or beautiful: In the book, a fair amount of artistic licence has been taken with the timing of historical events so that they fit with the story.I allowed myself a little poetic licence in describing the table as an antique.
Licence in this idiom means ‘freedom to do or say whatever you want’.
See also: artistic, licence, poetic
References in periodicals archive ?
Wayne Howell, Managing Director of Artistic Licence, stated: "Both Artistic Licence and Super Vision are leaders in their field and respected pioneers of innovative technology.
For instance in this very dramatic duet as Jane Seymour, I expose the truth to Anne and that's when she finds out her best friend is going to be the next Queen but we don't think that actually happened - that's artistic licence.
Saville's work was vital too for the social and economic fabric of Manchester as a whole, emboldening the populace of a decaying city, granting them the artistic licence to assert their identity in a rapidly changing nation.
He even used a little artistic licence and allowed a few bombs to fall in Act One - even though Priestley had actually set the story in 1912, two years before the start of the First World War.
The FA charged him with bringing the game into disrepute and handed down the punishment after listening to Keane's defence that the book's author had used artistic licence to describe the incident.
The stylist was told she has full artistic licence and an unlimited budget to do what she wants.
about 150/200 years before that - with a bit of artistic licence thrown in
We've used a bit of artistic licence to achieve a more welcoming effect.
But research suggests that Hedley had to use more than a little artistic licence when he portrayed the enthronement of Ernest Roland Wilberforce as the first Bishop of Newcastle in 1882.
Artistic licence is stretched to breaking point when we are presented with a vision of billowing sails on large cruising yachts sailing unrestricted down to the Barrage and its lock.
Combining gritty street fighting with comic book artistic licence, the game sees you as a fists-for-hire character embroiled in a seedy underworld of turf wars and gangland violence.
Having his paintings at Artistic Licence, the gallery in trendy Primrose Hill, could be a real breakthrough for Max - and he is already looking ahead and planning for an exhibition in New York.
With regards to pure artistic licence, however, Vaughan Williams's Fantasia on a theme by Thomas Tallis was the most effective item in an exciting programme, as conductor Peter Oundjian's careful attention to balance made this adaptation of sturdy Tudor counterpoint breathtakingly warm and sensuous.
Based on her letters, though with some artistic licence, the drama stars Olivia Williams as Jane.
Director David Glass and his eight-strong ensemble treat Peake's bizarre creation with immense imagination and free-flowing artistic licence.