poetic

adjective
po·​et·​ic | \ pō-ˈe-tik \

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

Synonyms

bardic, lyric, lyrical, poetical, poeticized

Antonyms

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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And Hammerstein's lyrics here in general are earthier, less poetic than those of DuBose Howard and Ira Gershwin for Porgy and Bess. David Rooney, The Hollywood Reporter, "'Carmen Jones': Theater Review," 28 June 2018 Chords and passagework came crashing through, always invigorating but rarely particularly poetic in their effect. Joshua Kosman, San Francisco Chronicle, "Reif steps in to lead S.F. Symphony, with dazzling results," 27 Apr. 2018 While the occasional blowout indeed reaches Ariana's scalp, the songstress has waxed poetic a few times about the importance of keeping her hairstyle high. Devon Elizabeth, Teen Vogue, "Ariana Grande Poked Fun at Her Ponytail on “The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon”," 6 Sep. 2018 Fitzgerald’s evocation of his time and the poetic quality of his prose. New York Times, "John McCain: By the Book," 3 May 2018 The New York Times’s Enthusiast column always brings with it the joy of very smart people waxing poetic over their favorite things. Constance Grady, Vox, "Bigfoot erotica is climbing the rankings on Amazon," 4 Aug. 2018 Golf architecture buffs won’t wax poetic about its design. Brian Costa, WSJ, "Gary Woodland Leads PGA Championship as Play Is Suspended by Rain," 10 Aug. 2018 As the moon slowly set over the nursery, Cummings and Cabiles begin to wax poetic about how the moon would be in Kū Pau (a specific waxing phase) the next night. Jenn Rice, Vogue, "How to Vacation in Maui for Self-Guidance and Healing This Summer," 8 July 2018 Beyond that poetic environment, the exhibition consists mainly of works on paper and other objects. Charles Desmarais, San Francisco Chronicle, "Spencer Finch makes art of light at Berggruen," 6 Apr. 2018

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First Known Use of poetic

1500, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

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poetic

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of poetic

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

poetic

adjective
po·​et·​ic | \ pō-ˈe-tik \
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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