po·​et·​i·​cism | \ pō-ˈe-tə-ˌsi-zəm How to pronounce poeticism (audio) \

Definition of poeticism

: an archaic, trite, or strained expression in poetry

Examples of poeticism in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web This being a debut, Ms. Mozley is eager to showcase her writing chops, with the result that the prose can become terribly clotted with poeticisms. Sam Sacks, WSJ, "Review: The Best New Fiction," 7 Dec. 2017 McGregor’s game is taunting and preening, with hardly a trace of Ali’s wit or poeticism. Jason Gay, WSJ, "Mayweather & McGregor’s F-Bomb Circus," 13 July 2017 That script could stand to trim some self-conscious poeticism and to smooth a few uneven plot points (the most egregious, near the end, finds Charles strangely materializing at an all-too-convenient moment). Ken Jaworowski, New York Times, "Review: In ‘The Gravedigger’s Lullaby,’ Death Is His Living," 14 Mar. 2017

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First Known Use of poeticism

1926, in the meaning defined above

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“Poeticism.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/poeticism. Accessed 26 January 2020.

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to express in a more acceptable way

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