adjective Also po·et·i·cal.
- poet laureate,
- poetic edda,
- poetic justice,
- poetic licence,
- poetic license,
Origin of poetic
Examples from the Web for poetic
His mature wit and poetic style drew in those around him and we connected instantly.
Nothing but a poetic kind of consciousness could have conceived of anything like this.
In a poetic move, Cory is now a middle school teacher himself, following in the footsteps of his mentor, Mr. Feeney.‘Boy Meets World’ Fans Will Hate ‘Girl Meets World’|Kevin Fallon|June 26, 2014|DAILY BEAST
His profound and crippling melancholy, which cast a poetic shadow and moved me almost as much as his accomplishments.
He created himself as a poetic figure, and he thus imposed himself upon the nation.
He had a poetic spirit, and was both vigorous and brilliant.
Yes, certainly, but not because the poetic energy in him was a finer thing than the poetic energy that was in Wither.The Lyric|John Drinkwater
His style is penetrating and thrilling; his language often rises to the dignity of a poetic eloquence.Modern Leaders: Being a Series of Biographical Sketches|Justin McCarthy
St. Francis was unlettered, but his mind was poetic and imaginative, his nature gentle and humble.Tuscan Sculpture of the Fifteenth Century|Estelle M. Hurll
In the Gathas, allowing for the theological and poetic form, everything is human and natural.History of Religion|Allan Menzies
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.).