- possessing the qualities or charm of poetry: poetic descriptions of nature.
- of or relating to a poet or poets.
- characteristic of or befitting a poet: poetic feeling; poetic insight.
- endowed with the faculty or feeling of a poet: a poetic eulogist.
- having or showing the sensibility of a poet: a poetic lover.
- of or relating to poetry: poetic literature.
- of the nature of or resembling poetry: a poetic composition; poetic drama; poetic imagination.
- celebrated in poetry, as a place.
- providing a subject for poetry.
- of or relating to literature in verse form.
Origin of poetic
Examples from the Web for poetically
The what is poetically indifferent: it is the how that counts.Poetry for Poetry's Sake
A. C. Bradley
Host, an army, now used only poetically or metaphorically, is from Old Fr.The Romance of Words (4th ed.)
Of course there are difficulties, poetically, with the wood-pussy.The Face of the Fields
Dallas Lore Sharp
Dear Mr. Pegg walking with me beneath them compared them most poetically to oranges.It Pays to Smile
Nina Wilcox Putnam
They were far too matter-of-fact to treat a death-bed scene so poetically.
- of or relating to poetry
- characteristic of poetry, as in being elevated, sublime, etc
- characteristic of a poet
- recounted in verse
Word Origin and History for poetically
1520s, from poet + -ic, or else from or influenced by Middle French poetique (c.1400), from Latin poeticus, from Greek poietikos "pertaining to poetry," literally "creative, productive," from poietos "made," verbal adjective of poiein "to make" (see poet). Related: Poetics (1727). Poetic justice "ideal justice as portrayed in plays and stories" is from 1670s. Poetic license attested by 1733.
Earlier adjective was poetical (late 14c.); also obsolete poetly (mid-15c.). Related: Poetically (early 15c.).