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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 pertaining 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 pertaining 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 pertaining to literature in verse form.
noun
11.
Origin
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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British Dictionary definitions for unpoetic

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 unpoetic

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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