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poetic

[poh-et-ik]
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adjective Also po·et·i·cal.
  1. possessing the qualities or charm of poetry: poetic descriptions of nature.
  2. of or relating to a poet or poets.
  3. characteristic of or befitting a poet: poetic feeling; poetic insight.
  4. endowed with the faculty or feeling of a poet: a poetic eulogist.
  5. having or showing the sensibility of a poet: a poetic lover.
  6. of or relating to poetry: poetic literature.
  7. of the nature of or resembling poetry: a poetic composition; poetic drama; poetic imagination.
  8. celebrated in poetry, as a place.
  9. providing a subject for poetry.
  10. of or relating to literature in verse form.
noun
  1. poetics.

Origin of poetic

1520–30; < Latin poēticus < Greek poiētikós. See poet, -ic
Related formspo·et·i·cal·ly, adverban·ti·po·et·i·cal, adjectivean·ti·po·et·i·cal·ly, adverbnon·po·et·ic, adjectivepre·po·et·ic, adjectivepre·po·et·i·cal, adjectivepseu·do·po·et·ic, adjectivepseu·do·po·et·i·cal, adjectivequa·si-po·et·ic, adjectivequa·si-po·et·i·cal, adjectivequa·si-po·et·i·cal·ly, adverbun·po·et·ic, adjectiveun·po·et·i·cal, adjectiveun·po·et·i·cal·ly, adverb
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Examples from the Web for poetically

Historical Examples

  • 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.

  • 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.


British Dictionary definitions for poetically

poetic

poetical

adjective
  1. of or relating to poetry
  2. characteristic of poetry, as in being elevated, sublime, etc
  3. characteristic of a poet
  4. recounted in verse
Derived Formspoetically, adverb
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Word Origin and History for poetically

poetic

adj.

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.).

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