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, 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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Other passages, describing village life, are less poetic. Nancy Lord, Anchorage Daily News, "In ‘Kings of the Yukon,’ paddling 2,000 miles to witness what’s left behind when salmon runs falter," 30 June 2018 And that was what was so poetic about the occasion. SI.com, "7 Teams That Pulled Off the Impossible," 7 June 2018 In a poetic reversal, Mr. Fass recently called in to his own show — which is being temporarily handled by a colleague, Bill Propp — and described the fire story on WBAI (where this reporter is an unpaid co-host of a weekly talk show). Corey Kilgannon, New York Times, "D.J. of the Counterculture Narrates Another Mishap: His Own," 23 Apr. 2018 Since its inception, Field Report has been one of the most acclaimed and accomplished bands in Milwaukee, led by frontman Christopher Porterfield's poetic lyrics. Piet Levy, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Piet Levy's Music Picks: Field Report's superb new album 'Summertime Songs' drops Friday," 22 Mar. 2018 Among ‘60s folk-rock bards who matured and endure as global singer-songwriters, Simon stands in the front rank, setting as high a bar for musical quality and poetic vision as any. Matt Damsker, USA TODAY, "As Paul Simon launches farewell tour, new biography celebrates a musical prophet," 7 May 2018 And yet the poetic vision is the one thing needful to release a spiritual power, indescribably great, for the exaltation of multitudes. New York Times, "Notes From the Book Review Archives," 4 May 2018 It's called Tempestad, an extraordinarily poetic vision telling the story of several women on a bus ride back to their hometowns after being released from captivity at the American border. Gregg Kilday, The Hollywood Reporter, "Academy President John Bailey Talks Museum Progress and Why He Won't Speak at the Oscars," 1 Mar. 2018 Robertson's prose bookending conversations and introducing the combat sections is poetic and powerful, with a hint of the Mountain Goats, reaching that point of being sentimental without being treacly, tender without being purple. Julie Muncy, WIRED, "Extreme Meatpunks Forever," 11 July 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 \
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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