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Definition of "poetic" []

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

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "poetic" in a sentence
  • "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."
  • "Again, I reread your what I call poetic and inspiring piece which is so much to the point."
  • "HOWARD KURTZ, RELIABLE SOURCES: Good morning, T.J. Coming up, 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?"