Definition of poetic in English:

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Pronunciation: /pəʊˈɛtɪk/


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


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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