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 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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His remarks at the 75th commemoration of D-Day at the Normandy American cemetery in Colleville-sur-Mer, France, were gracious, moving, poetic, and delivered in a time zone six hours ahead of the East Coast. Matthew Continetti, National Review, "Trump’s Great D-Day Speech," 6 June 2019 Azores GetawaysWe’ve waxed poetic about the Eden-like lure of the Azores, an archipelago that's part of Portugal, countless times—and now’s your chance to go. Bridget Hallinan, Condé Nast Traveler, "The Best Black Friday Travel Deals of 2018," 23 Nov. 2018 The reignition of LeBron and Lance’s... not quite rivalry this postseason isn’t exactly poetic or two arcs coming full circle, however. Rohan Nadkarni, SI.com, "The LeBron Vs. Lance Relationship Hasn't Changed At All," 25 Apr. 2018 If the snow-in spurred your poetic inspiration (or if your creativity needs a kick in the pen), sign up to compete or simply take in the rhymes and sonnets as SlamCharlotte hosts its monthly slam poetry competition at McGlohon Theatre. Courtney Devores, charlotteobserver, "Your 5-minute guide to the best things to do in Charlotte | Jan. 19-25 | Charlotte Observer," 17 Jan. 2018 The prose is poetic and will resonate with your soul. Rachel Epstein, Marie Claire, "'The Care and Feeding of Ravenously Hungry Girls' Is a Stunning Debut From Anissa Gray," 1 Apr. 2019 Talking about her higher purpose in fashion, Tajima starts to wax poetic. Steff Yotka, Vogue, "Hana Tajima Is About So Much More Than Modest Fashion," 28 Mar. 2019 With his poetic cinematic sensibility and proclivity for wistfully romantic stories, The Old Man & the Gun is a good fit for Lowery — and a terrific tribute to both Redford’s career and the American bank robber archetype. Alissa Wilkinson, Vox, "How David Lowery ended up directing Robert Redford’s final movie," 29 Sep. 2018 And Hammerstein's lyrics here in general are earthier, less poetic than those of DuBose Howard and Ira Gershwin for Porgy and Bess. David Rooney, The Hollywood Reporter, "'Carmen Jones': Theater Review," 28 June 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 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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