Definition of poetic adjective from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//pəʊˈetɪk//
    ; NAmE NAmE//poʊˈetɪk//
    (less frequent poetical
    BrE BrE//pəʊˈetɪkl//
    ; NAmE NAmE//poʊˈetɪkl//
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  1. 1[only before noun] connected with poetry; being poetry poetic language Byron’s Poetical Works See related entries: Poetry
  2. 2(approving) like or suggesting poetry, especially because it shows imagination and deep feeling synonym lyrical There is a poetic quality to her playing.
  3. Word Originmid 16th cent.: from French poétique, from Latin poeticus ‘poetic, relating to poets’, from Greek po(i)ētikos, from po(i)ētēs ‘maker, poet’, from poiein ‘create’.Extra examples His writing is self-consciously poetic. It’s very easy to wax poetic about the sport of baseball. The piece ends with a truly poetic slow movement.Idioms
    artistic/poetic licence
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    the freedom of artists or writers to change facts in order to make a story, painting, etc. more interesting or beautiful
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