poetic license


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Recent Examples on the Web The version of events painted on three walls of the 52-square-meter funerary chambers probably takes some poetic license with Capitolias' history. Kiona N. Smith, Ars Technica, "Ancient “comic strip” depicts the founding of a Roman city," 10 Oct. 2018 The Hannity's defenders may call that sarcasm or poetic license, but words are words. Fox News, "Hannity: How we got to this point with North Korea," 9 June 2018 This suggests that McLain might have taken poetic license with some of the details of Gellhorn’s life. Wayne Catan, idahostatesman, "Novelist takes another look at Hemingway’s loves, marriages | Idaho Statesman," 11 May 2018 What abides is a giddy awareness of history as a tale told by unreliable narrators, as well as the oddly comforting impression that senescence has its own poetic license. Ben Brantley, New York Times, "Review: Screwball Eggheads Tear Up the Library in ‘Travesties’," 24 Apr. 2018 But the war on cancer is not the place for pep talks and poetic license. Steve Salerno, WSJ, "In the War on Cancer, Truth Becomes a Casualty," 20 Apr. 2018 In the episode, Rufus refers to the play without saying its name, as a way to critique Miller’s poetic license. Rachel Kaufman, Smithsonian, "Welcome to Salem, Witches: “Timeless” Season 2, Episode 4, Recapped," 9 Apr. 2018 The production, directed by Neel Keller, carefully splits the difference between documentary objectivity and poetic license. Jesse Green, New York Times, "Review: The Ghosts of Michael Brown, in ‘Until the Flood’," 18 Jan. 2018 That caricature is probably not terribly far from the truth, even if the film's fictionalized version of events sometimes seems to rely too heavily on poetic license to drive home its point: the love of money is the root of all evil. The Washington Post, NOLA.com, "'All the Money in the World' movie review: Crime thriller offers both style, substance," 20 Dec. 2017

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1819, in the meaning defined above

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to engage in dissolute behavior

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