poetic

[ poh-et-ik ]
/ poʊˈɛt ɪk /

adjective Also po·et·i·cal.

noun


Nearby words

  1. poet,
  2. poet laureate,
  3. poet.,
  4. poetaster,
  5. poetess,
  6. poetic edda,
  7. poetic justice,
  8. poetic licence,
  9. poetic license,
  10. poetical

Origin of poetic

1520–30; < Latin poēticus < Greek poiētikós. See poet, -ic

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British Dictionary definitions for poetic

poetic

poetical

/ (pəʊˈɛtɪk) /

adjective

of or relating to poetry
characteristic of poetry, as in being elevated, sublime, etc
characteristic of a poet
recounted in verse
Derived Formspoetically, adverb

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Word Origin and History for poetic

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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