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 Her perceptiveness and everyday poeticism add an element of profound introspection to a cautious return to live music. Star Tribune, 30 July 2021 Shires, the band’s unlikely instigator, has earned recognition for her fiddling virtuosity and cutting poeticism in folk-country, singer-songwriter, and roots-rock circles while observing the country mainstream from a safe yet concerned distance. Justin Curto, Vulture, 21 July 2021 But Ax did conjure up dreamy poeticism when using the sustaining pedal and toss off sparkling runs. Tim Diovanni, Dallas News, 16 Apr. 2021 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, 7 Dec. 2017 McGregor’s game is taunting and preening, with hardly a trace of Ali’s wit or poeticism. Jason Gay, WSJ, 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, 14 Mar. 2017 See More

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First Known Use of poeticism

1926, in the meaning defined above

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“Poeticism.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/poeticism. Accessed 24 Jun. 2022.

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