po·​et·​ic | \ pō-ˈe-tik How to pronounce poetic (audio) \

Definition of poetic

1a : of, relating to, or characteristic of poets or poetry
b : given to writing poetry
2 : written in verse
3 : having or expressing the qualities of poetry (as though aesthetic or emotional impact) her poetic beauty

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Synonyms & Antonyms for poetic


bardic, lyric, lyrical, poetical, poeticized


prosaic, prose, unlyrical, unpoetic

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Examples of poetic in a Sentence

your description of the sun setting over the Grand Canyon was a particularly poetic piece of writing

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Portions of these books are funny; some passages are eerily poetic. Stephanie Zacharek, Time, "Female Friendships Are the Best, Until They Aren't," 20 June 2019 See: Toy Story 4 As Tom Hanks promised, Toy Story 4 has a poetic, if downright bittersweet ending. Kaitlin Reilly, refinery29.com, "Should You See Toy Story 4 Or Child's Play?," 20 June 2019 Ichikawa’s film was controversial at the time and unsettled organizers who wanted a more traditional treatment of the Olympics rather than Ichikawa’s more poetic view. Stephen Wade, The Seattle Times, "Naomi Kawase named to direct 2020 Tokyo Olympic documentary," 23 Oct. 2018 Robert Frost could not have written a more poetic end. Juan Pimiento, chicagotribune.com, "Accam's late goal earns Philadelphia a win over the Chicago Fire," 11 July 2018 His remarks at the 75th commemoration of D-Day at the Normandy American cemetery in Colleville-sur-Mer, France, were gracious, moving, poetic, and delivered in a time zone six hours ahead of the East Coast. Matthew Continetti, National Review, "Trump’s Great D-Day Speech," 6 June 2019 Azores GetawaysWe’ve waxed poetic about the Eden-like lure of the Azores, an archipelago that's part of Portugal, countless times—and now’s your chance to go. Bridget Hallinan, Condé Nast Traveler, "The Best Black Friday Travel Deals of 2018," 23 Nov. 2018 The reignition of LeBron and Lance’s... not quite rivalry this postseason isn’t exactly poetic or two arcs coming full circle, however. Rohan Nadkarni, SI.com, "The LeBron Vs. Lance Relationship Hasn't Changed At All," 25 Apr. 2018 If the snow-in spurred your poetic inspiration (or if your creativity needs a kick in the pen), sign up to compete or simply take in the rhymes and sonnets as SlamCharlotte hosts its monthly slam poetry competition at McGlohon Theatre. Courtney Devores, charlotteobserver, "Your 5-minute guide to the best things to do in Charlotte | Jan. 19-25 | Charlotte Observer," 17 Jan. 2018

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First Known Use of poetic

1500, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

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English Language Learners Definition of poetic

: of, relating to, or characteristic of poets or poetry
: having a beautiful or graceful quality


po·​et·​ic | \ pō-ˈe-tik How to pronounce poetic (audio) \
variants: or poetical \ -​i-​kəl \

Kids Definition of poetic

: of, relating to, or like that of poets or poetry poetic words

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