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Examples of poetaster in a Sentence
she's a poetaster whose verse never rises above what is found on greeting cards
Recent Examples of poetaster from the Web
But -aster words have never been particularly common, with the exception of poetaster, an inferior poet.
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Did You Know?
In Latin, the suffix -aster indicates partial resemblance. In both Latin and English, that often translates to "second-rate," or maybe even "third-rate." Not surprisingly, "poetaster" often goes hand in hand with doggerel, meaning "verse marked by triviality or inferiority." Are there are other kinds of "-asters" out there? Yes indeed - we have criticasters, philosophasters, and politicasters, among others.
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