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poetic Line breaks: poet¦ic
Pronunciation: /pəʊˈɛtɪk/

Definition of poetic in English:


1Relating to or used in poetry: the muse is a poetic convention
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  • For poets and those who read poetry, the poetic form can be relatively obscure as a discipline and as an art.
  • In the process of discovering and translating Hebrew poetry a Russian poetic community was formed.
  • The beginnings of any kind of valid poetry or poetic stirrings in Australia date into the present century.
1.1Written in verse rather than prose: a poetic drama
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  • He wrote one other poetic drama, The Famous Tragedy of the Queen of Cornwall.
  • Most of this literary work consisted of epics and love stories written in poetic form.
  • The show melds modern dance techniques and poetic prose narrative to illustrate her desperation.
1.2Having an imaginative or sensitively emotional style of expression: the orchestral playing was colourful and poetic
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  • You have the space to be creative, poetic, artistic and sensitive.
  • The sight is beautifully poetic and expresses the leitmotiv tension between heaven and earth.
  • All aesthetic expression has a poetic quality and is essentially eulogistic.
expressive, figurative, symbolic, flowery, moving, aesthetic, artistic, tasteful, graceful, elegant, elevated, fine, beautiful;
sensitive, imaginative, creative



Pronunciation: /pəʊˈɛtɪk(ə)l/
Example sentences
  • Young is not concerned with familiar poetical sound effects or rhythmical or structural patterning.
  • With the benefit of hindsight, a more appropriate motto would have been ‘from a castle in Spain to a rude awakening’, equally poetical, if only in the sense of ‘poetic justice’.
  • The teenage victor of strenuous battles against the most formidable and seasoned of opponents, his ferocious gifts were alloyed with a beguiling sensitivity to all things poetical.


Pronunciation: /pəʊˈɛtɪk(ə)li/
Example sentences
  • The form of the bowls themselves means that only a small part of the projection is focused at any time and poetically demonstrates the slippery and elusive nature of scientific truth.
  • Perhaps the most heartening thing of all about these ads is the way, fantastic as they are, they seem to remain anchored, albeit indirectly and poetically, in the reality of their product.
  • It helps a lot that this isn't a naturalistic narrative - it's opera - everything is both larger than life and poetically overdetermined.


Mid 16th century: from French poétique, from Latin poeticus 'poetic, relating to poets', from Greek po(i)ētikos, from po(i)ētēs (see poet).

Words that rhyme with poetic

aesthetic (US esthetic), alphabetic, anaesthetic (US anesthetic), antithetic, apathetic, apologetic, arithmetic, ascetic, athletic, balletic, bathetic, cosmetic, cybernetic, diabetic, dietetic, diuretic, electromagnetic, emetic, energetic, exegetic, frenetic, genetic, Helvetic, hermetic, homiletic, kinetic, magnetic, metic, mimetic, parenthetic, pathetic, peripatetic, phonetic, photosynthetic, prophetic, prothetic, psychokinetic, splenetic, sympathetic, syncretic, syndetic, synthetic, telekinetic, theoretic, zetetic

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