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 through aesthetic or emotional impact) her poetic beauty

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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
Recent Examples on the Web In true Arkansas fashion, Pittman devoted a portion of his time at the podium to waxing poetic about a slobbering hog. Nick Suss, USA TODAY, 21 July 2022 Fans of Hudgens flooded the comments to wax poetic about the film. Emily Tannenbaum, Glamour, 27 June 2022 Seydoux has read the interviews in which performers wax poetic about getting into character, filling journals with complicated backstories, inhabiting the character nonstop for the entirety of the shoot. Mia Galuppo, The Hollywood Reporter, 10 May 2022 The streaming giant is usually a punching bag as Hollywood studios and film operators spend a week in Las Vegas to wax poetic about the communal power of going to see movies on the big screen. Rebecca Rubin, Variety, 29 Apr. 2022 My favorite is Matt Stafford waxing poetic about comparing the trade of an old phone for a new one – a hilarious poke at his road to success from the Detroit Lions to his recent Super Bowl win with the Los Angeles Rams! Will Townsend, Forbes, 12 Apr. 2022 Of course, there are also those who wax poetic about more modern options like menstrual cups and discs. De Elizabeth, Allure, 5 Apr. 2022 There are more than a few moments when the rolling narrative of the protest is punctured by scenes of students waxing poetic about their experiences at Hampshire. Sarah-tai Black, Los Angeles Times, 17 Feb. 2022 Another genuine legend, cinematographer Conrad L. Hall, filled the movie with poetic imagery, and won a posthumous Oscar after his 2003 death. Leah Greenblatt, EW.com, 12 July 2022 See More

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First Known Use of poetic

1500, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

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“Poetic.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/poetic. Accessed 10 Aug. 2022.

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More Definitions for poetic


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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