poetic (adj.) 1520s, from M.Fr. poetique, from L. poeticus, from Gk. poietikos "pertaining to poetry," lit. "creative, productive," from poietos "made," verbal adjective of poiein "to make" (see POET (Cf. poet)). Earlier adjective was poetical (late 14c.); also obsolete poetly (mid-15c.). Poetic justice "ideal justice as portrayed in plays and stories" is from 1670s. Poetic license attested by 1733. Related: Poetically (early 15c.).

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