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


bardic, lyric, lyrical, poetical


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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The green phoenix roll was a poetic beauty of delightfully crunchy tempura shrimp, wrapped in soy paper with salmon and avocado. Tim Smith, baltimoresun.com, "Miku Sushi and Steakhouse a pleasant haven in Cockeysville," 12 July 2018 Martin fans — and those interested in Philadelphia’s art world of the 1970s — will enjoy an arrangement of Martin’s handwritten notes about her work, her poetic reflections, her diary notes, and some correspondence. Edith Newhall, Philly.com, "In Philly galleries now: Bergstrom bags, a subtle modern master, Fleisher/Ollman's 'Party'," 12 July 2018 Sorry, Chris Harrison revealed them, kind of, in a 16-minute Facebook Live during which Harrison really waxed poetic about the men. Rebecca Farley, refinery29.com, "This Is What Chris Harrison Really Thinks Of The Bachelorette Suitors," 17 May 2018 Yes, Franzen has long waxed poetic about his love of birdwatching, as well as his tangential interest in murdering cats. Gabriella Paiella, The Cut, "We Regret to Inform You That Jonathan Franzen Has Compared Birdwatching to Sex," 19 Mar. 2018 Nye, who has been recognized for her work in poetry, prose, non-fiction and children’s literature, grounds this new collection in poetic portraits, painting important figures who have influenced her life with words. Polly Anna Rocha, San Antonio Express-News, "Painting poetry portraits of influential people," 15 Mar. 2018 In honoring that often-tragic passage, the artist has overlaid the flags’ simple stripes with paintings that represent poetic celestial maps. George Fishman, miamiherald, "Monarchs ‘Brown and Native’ butterfly exhibit a response to contemporary events," 13 July 2018 The erotic adventure of the young men is art-directed to be poetic (secret foot massages!) rather than convincingly candid. Charles Mcnulty, latimes.com, "Why 'Three Billboards' and 'Call Me by Your Name' leave this theater critic cold," 1 Mar. 2018 Sean Suen’s radical silhouettes, the poetic and nostalgic world of Sagittaire A, and the upbeat urban boys of Li-Ning all made a mark. Michael Philouze, Vogue, "A Vogue Editor’s Diary of Paris’s Spring 2019 Men’s Shows," 26 June 2018

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First Known Use of poetic

1500, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

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The first known use of poetic was in 1500

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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 \
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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