poetic license

noun

Examples of poetic license in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Still, our Judaism—if that’s the word for it—affirmed idiosyncrasy, worldliness, dignity, science, exegesis, law, property, gradualism, poetic license, peace, freedom, memory, and humor. Jordan Castro, Harper's Magazine, 9 Jan. 2024 For all the talismanic power of the brand names themselves, though, the mechanics of business, the culture of meetings and the rhythms of phone calls can be difficult to dramatize — which means walking a fine line between fidelity and poetic license. Mark Olsen, Los Angeles Times, 11 May 2023 All the poetic license allowed me from those around me helps. A.d. Amorosi, Variety, 2 May 2023 Naturally your recent letter ripped my heart from my wounded breast (poetic license). Kurt Vonnegut, The New Yorker, 23 Nov. 2020 There was also a lot of poetic license taken there. Andy Greene, Rolling Stone, 12 Apr. 2023 Other San Diego concerts of note this week include ‘Celebrating Bert Turetzky’ at Dizzy’s and Marc Ribot at The Loft Houndmouth, with Buffalo Nichols If a biopic is ever made about rising blues sensation Buffalo Nichols, the screenplay won’t require any embellishments or poetic license. George Varga, San Diego Union-Tribune, 11 Feb. 2022 But this is a bit of poetic license — because a stationary observer on the Moon actually would never see the Earth rising or setting. Tom Yulsman, Discover Magazine, 19 Dec. 2015 Where, then, does reality stop and poetic license begin in a film that includes many private conversations? San Diego Union-Tribune, 18 Dec. 2022 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1819, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of poetic license was in 1819

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“Poetic license.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/poetic%20license. Accessed 23 Feb. 2024.

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