noun (plural poesies) Etymology: Middle English poesie, from Middle French, from Latin poesis, from Greek poiēsis, literally, creation, from poiein Date: 14th century 1. a. a poem or body of poems b. poetry c. artificial or sentimentalized poetic writing 2. poetic inspiration

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  • poesy — (n.) late 14c., poetry; poetic language and ideas; literature; a poem, a passage of poetry, from O.Fr. poesie, from V.L. poesia, from L. poesis poetry, from Gk. poesis composition, poetry, from poein to make or compose (see POET (Cf. poet)).… …   Etymology dictionary

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  • poesy — [pō′ə sē΄, pō′əzē΄] n. pl. poesies [ME poesie < OFr < L poesis < Gr poiēsis < poiein: see POEM] 1. old fashioned var. of POETRY 2. Obs. a) a poem b) a motto …   English World dictionary

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  • poesy — /poh euh see, zee/, n., pl. poesies. 1. the work or the art of poetic composition. 2. Archaic. a. poetry in general. b. verse or poetry in metrical form. 3. Obs. a. a poem or verse used as a motto. Cf. posy (def. 2). b. a poem. [ …   Universalium

  • poesy — noun a) The class of literature comprising poems. b) Composition in verse or language exhibiting conscious attention to patterns. Syn: poetry, verse …   Wiktionary

  • poesy — Synonyms and related words: Apollo, Apollo Musagetes, Bragi, Calliope, Castilian Spring, Erato, Euterpe, Helicon, Hippocrene, Muse, Parnassus, Pierian Spring, Pierides, Polyhymnia, afflatus, anthology, bad poetry, book of verse, creative… …   Moby Thesaurus

  • poesy — (Roget s Thesaurus II) noun A poetic work or poetic works: poem, poetry, rhyme, verse. See WORDS …   English dictionary for students

  • poesy — po|e|sy [ pouəzi ] noun uncount an old word meaning poetry …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

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