Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • adj. Of or relating to poetry: poetic works.
  • adj. Having a quality or style characteristic of poetry: poetic diction.
  • adj. Suitable as a subject for poetry: a poetic romance.
  • adj. Of, relating to, or befitting a poet: poetic insight.
  • adj. Characterized by romantic imagery: "Turner's vision of the rainbow . . . was poetic, and he knew it” ( Lawrence Gowing).
  • n. The theory or practice of writing poetry; poetics.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. Relating to poetry.
  • adj. Characteristic of poets.
  • adj. Description of persons, objects, or ideas that connect to the soul of the beholder.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Of or pertaining to poetry; suitable for poetry, or for writing poetry.
  • adj. Expressed in metrical form; exhibiting the imaginative or the rhythmical quality of poetry

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Of or pertaining to poetry; of the nature of or expressed in poetry; possessing the qualities or the charm of poetry: as, a poetic composition; poetic style.
  • Of or pertaining to a poet or poets; characteristic of or befitting a poet: as, poetic genius; poetic feeling; poetic license.
  • Endowed with the feeling or faculty of a poet; having the susceptibility, sensibility, or expression of a poet; like a poet: as, a poetic youth; a poetic face.
  • Celebrated, or worthy to be celebrated, in poetry: as, a poetic scene.
  • Of or pertaining to making or shaping, especially to artistic invention and arrangement.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adj. of or relating to poets
  • adj. of or relating to poetry
  • adj. characterized by romantic imagery
  • adj. characteristic of or befitting poetry

Etymologies

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

Latin poēticus, from Greek poiētikos, inventive, from poiein, to make; see kwei-2 in Indo-European roots.

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Latin poeticus, from Ancient Greek ποιητικός (poiētikos) from ποιέω (poieō, "make")

Examples

  • Most of the equipment is painted desert tan, because of the 3rd ID's regular responsibility for protecting the oil fields of the Persian Gulf — an appropriate role for such machines, in poetic as well as tactical terms.

    Peace is Hell

  • Again, I reread your what I call poetic and inspiring piece which is so much to the point.

    apophenia » Blog Archive » spectacle at Web2.0 Expo… from my perspective

  • HOWARD KURTZ, RELIABLE SOURCES: Good morning, T.J. Coming up, J.hn McCain's South Carolina victory: were the reporters running around on his bus rooting for what one calls poetic justice after his defeat in the state eight years ago?

    CNN Transcript Jan 20, 2008

  • The fact that it occurs in what we call a poetic drama does not make it poetry; its fine dramatic significance does not give it poetic significance.

    The Lyric An Essay

  • No intellectual formula, no phrase, no word, can express the whole purport of those intense and intimate fusions of sensation, passion, and thought which we call poetic intuition, and which all strictly poetic “philosophy” or “criticism of life” is an attempt to interpret and articulate.

    Robert Browning

  • "Well, that's what you call poetic license," protested Bill.

    The Boy Aviators' Treasure Quest

  • No intellectual formula, no phrase, no word, can express the whole purport of those intense and intimate fusions of sensation, passion, and thought which we call poetic intuition, and which all strictly poetic

    Robert Browning

  • Nothing can resist states: every thing gravitates: like will to like: what we call poetic justice takes effect on the spot.

    Representative Man (1850)

  • Nothing can resist states; everything gravitates; like will to like; what we call poetic justice takes effect on the spot.

    Representative Men

  • I don't know whether it's simply cultural - whether we subconsciously hear the word "poetic" as a synonym for "painfully slow" - or whether it's specific to when the word is attached to "theatre", another word with a rich tapestry of negative connotations most commonly as a synonym for show-offy, or something dishonest.

    The Guardian World News

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