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[poh-et-ik] /poʊˈɛt ɪk/
adjective, Also, poetical
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
1520-30; < Latin poēticus < Greek poiētikós. See poet, -ic
Related forms
poetically, adverb
antipoetical, adjective
antipoetically, adverb
nonpoetic, adjective
prepoetic, adjective
prepoetical, adjective
pseudopoetic, adjective
pseudopoetical, adjective
quasi-poetic, adjective
quasi-poetical, adjective
quasi-poetically, adverb
unpoetic, adjective
unpoetical, adjective
unpoetically, adverb Unabridged
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Examples from the Web for unpoetic
Historical Examples
  • And the train sped on into the heart of Nebraska, along the unpoetic valley of the Platte.

    Excuse Me! Rupert Hughes
  • He cultivated the unconventional and introduced the most unpoetic and uncouth words.

    Six Major Prophets Edwin Emery Slosson
  • The poet Milton fathered, legitimately enough, an unpoetic posterity.

    The Spirit of Place Alice Meynell
  • "You bet your life it's wonderful," agreed the unpoetic William.

    Saturday's Child Kathleen Norris
  • The most urgent of these needs is a very material and unpoetic one.

    The Long Day Dorothy Richardson
  • unpoetic and unromantic indeed was this first sight of England.

  • In his stead is an unpoetic being, clad in all sorts of unpoetic clothing, and no two of them alike.

    Nasby in Exile David R. Locke
  • But modern men and women are essentially undramatic, and unpoetic.

    The Divine Fire May Sinclair
  • There is something rude, strange, and unpoetic about him at first sight that is sure to give most readers of poetry a shock.

    Whitman John Burroughs
  • They had parted for ever, last April, in a not unpoetic atmosphere.

    The Mountebank William J. Locke
British Dictionary definitions for unpoetic


of or relating to poetry
characteristic of poetry, as in being elevated, sublime, etc
characteristic of a poet
recounted in verse
Derived Forms
poetically, adverb
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for unpoetic



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.).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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