adjective Also po·et·i·cal.
Origin of poetic
Examples from the Web for poetic
Contemporary Examples of poetic
His mature wit and poetic style drew in those around him and we connected instantly.Cuban Hip-Hop Was Born in Alamar
December 26, 2014
Nothing but a poetic kind of consciousness could have conceived of anything like this.Stephen King, “Falling,” and My Father’s Poetry
September 14, 2014
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’
June 26, 2014
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.
Historical Examples of poetic
Hester was greatly struck with the poetic tone of the remark.Weighed and Wanting
"Poetic simile: I'm going fast," conceded Kirkwood; but he did not smile.The Black Bag
Louis Joseph Vance
I might, perhaps, have some poetic flights, If I could sleep o' nights!
It was while the poetic gentleman was passing by Taffy's house.Welsh Fairy Tales
William Elliott Griffis
As specimens of his poetic contributions, we give the following.Cleveland Past and Present
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.).