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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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 Celebrity chef Norman Van Aken touted Lee & Rick’s just recently when waxing poetic about Orlando’s venerable, old restaurants. Amy Drew Thompson, orlandosentinel.com, "Lee & Rick’s Oyster Bar ain’t boutique; it’s old Florida," 16 Sep. 2019 His poetic films, which deal unflinchingly with brutal themes such as the drug war and domestic violence, have won praise from critics but have also triggered controversies. Kate Linthicum, latimes.com, "Beyond Mexico's Oscar darlings, here are three Mexican filmmakers you need to know," 3 Mar. 2018 Chryst, normally not a poetic speaker, gave an eloquent comment when asked about seeing Cephus back on the field. Jeff Potrykus, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "UW's Quintez Cephus celebrates his return to Camp Randall Stadium with two touchdowns," 7 Sep. 2019 In his poetic terms, sometimes treated cynically in today's South Africa, Mbeki's speech was aimed at bringing together a fractured nation. David Mckenzie, CNN, "Xenophobia has reared its ugly head in the Rainbow Nation. African nations have had enough," 7 Sep. 2019 Here is unbridled potential for the poetic—in everything, even in ourselves. Maya Phillips, The New Yorker, "Joy Harjo, the Poet of American Memory," 29 Aug. 2019 Although both were married to men, the two women penned hundreds of poetic letters to each other, and their relationship would inspire one of Woolf’s most celebrated works, the 1928 novel Orlando. Suyin Haynes, Time, "What to Know About Virginia Woolf's Love Affair With Vita Sackville-West," 23 Aug. 2019 The convent houses the nearly 800-year-old tomb of Saint Francis, the most poetic of holy men, who thought money was worth less than asses’ dung and inspired a mendicant order. The Economist, "Popenomics," 7 Sep. 2019 Either way, there’s something poetic about buying a bunker for your expensive car from a company that’s gone bankrupt seven times. Sean O'kane, The Verge, "The world’s on fire, and Aston Martin wants to build ‘lairs’ for cars," 19 Aug. 2019

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First Known Use of poetic

1500, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

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The first known use of poetic was in 1500

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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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