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poetic

[poh-et-ik] /poʊˈɛt ɪk/
adjective, Also, poetical
1.
possessing the qualities or charm of poetry:
poetic descriptions of nature.
2.
of or relating to a poet or poets.
3.
characteristic of or befitting a poet:
poetic feeling; poetic insight.
4.
endowed with the faculty or feeling of a poet:
a poetic eulogist.
5.
having or showing the sensibility of a poet:
a poetic lover.
6.
of or relating to poetry:
poetic literature.
7.
of the nature of or resembling poetry:
a poetic composition; poetic drama; poetic imagination.
8.
celebrated in poetry, as a place.
9.
providing a subject for poetry.
10.
of or relating to literature in verse form.
noun
11.
Origin of poetic
1520-1530
1520-30; < Latin poēticus < Greek poiētikós. See poet, -ic
Related forms
poetically, adverb
antipoetical, adjective
antipoetically, adverb
nonpoetic, adjective
prepoetic, adjective
prepoetical, adjective
pseudopoetic, adjective
pseudopoetical, adjective
quasi-poetic, adjective
quasi-poetical, adjective
quasi-poetically, adverb
unpoetic, adjective
unpoetical, adjective
unpoetically, adverb
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Examples from the Web for poetical
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  • Myths are of three kinds: Historical, Philosophical, and poetical.

    The Christ John Eleazer Remsburg
  • His justice is all poetical justice, exactly what justice should be.

    De Profundis Oscar Wilde
  • While still a young man, he ranked among the poetical contributors to the Newcastle Magazine.

  • But this, like many other literary associations, is a piece of poetical injustice.

    Alarms and Discursions G. K. Chesterton
  • That atmosphere, which is of its essence, is the first thing to be lost, in the staging of most poetical plays.

    Plays, Acting and Music Arthur Symons
  • All of them are rhetorical and poetical rather than dialectical, but glimpses of truth appear in them.

    Symposium Plato
British Dictionary definitions for poetical

poetic

/pəʊˈɛtɪk/
adjective
1.
of or relating to poetry
2.
characteristic of poetry, as in being elevated, sublime, etc
3.
characteristic of a poet
4.
recounted in verse
Derived Forms
poetically, adverb
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Word Origin and History for poetical

poetic

adj.

1520s, from poet + -ic, or else from or influenced by Middle French poetique (c.1400), from Latin poeticus, from Greek poietikos "pertaining to poetry," literally "creative, productive," from poietos "made," verbal adjective of poiein "to make" (see poet). Related: Poetics (1727). Poetic justice "ideal justice as portrayed in plays and stories" is from 1670s. Poetic license attested by 1733.

Earlier adjective was poetical (late 14c.); also obsolete poetly (mid-15c.). Related: Poetically (early 15c.).

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