poetical

adjective
po·et·i·cal | \ pō-ˈe-ti-kəl \

Definition of poetical 

1 : poetic

2 : being beyond or above the truth of history or nature : idealized had poetical ideas about love

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Other words from poetical

poetically \pō-ˈe-ti-k(ə-)lē \ adverb
poeticalness \pō-ˈe-ti-kəl-nəs \ noun

Synonyms & Antonyms for poetical

Synonyms

bardic, lyric, lyrical, poetic

Antonyms

prosaic, prose, unlyrical, unpoetic

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Examples of poetical in a Sentence

love letters that were filled with poetical phrases

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These poetical explanations were nice but unnecessary for a collection that didn’t need any gimmicks to impress. Thomas Adamson, The Seattle Times, "Chanel recreates Paris for couture show celebrating the city," 3 July 2018 The latest experimental drama by Adrienne Kennedy, influential author of 'Funnyhouse of a Negro,' is a poetical memory tale revolving around the segregated South. Frank Scheck, The Hollywood Reporter, "'He Brought Her Heart Back in a Box': Theater Review," 31 Jan. 2018 Delirious, poetical, semi-comical genre pieces, mixing homely detail and hallucinogenic invention. Robert Lloyd, latimes.com, "'Twin Peaks,' 'Legion,' 'Danger and Eggs' and 'One Day at a Time' among the best in TV in 2017," 15 Dec. 2017 It is furnished with an old campaign chair and sundry poetical odds and ends, including fragments of tapestry; one shows the crown heads of a king and queen — or father and mother. Roberta Smith, New York Times, "Louise Bourgeois: Imagination Unfolds in All Dimensions," 27 Sep. 2017 It is furnished with an old campaign chair and sundry poetical odds and ends, including fragments of tapestry Roberta Smith, New York Times, "Louise Bourgeois: Imagination Unfolds in All Dimensions," 27 Sep. 2017 Levy has spun a web of violent beauty and poetical ennui. Joumana Khatib, New York Times, "Paperback Row," 4 Aug. 2017 Much of the language in the work is thrilling, poetical. Chris Jones, chicagotribune.com, "Waiting, and ducking bullets, in the unflinching new 'Pass Over'," 12 June 2017

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First Known Use of poetical

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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