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Examples of prosaic in a Sentence
- For the most part, the descriptions of the books listed in the "Catalog," though informative, are relentlessly prosaic, even hackneyed. —Mordecai Richler, New York Times Book Review, 8 Oct. 1989
- In addition to the prosaic essentials of life—wheat, rice, and salt—the Portuguese found exotic stores of pepper, cinnamon, cloves, ginger, and other spices. —Daniel J. Boorstin, The Discoverers, 1983
- There is, of course, an ordinary medicine, an everyday medicine, humdrum, prosaic, a medicine for stubbed toes, quinsies, bunions, and boils … —Oliver Sacks, Awakenings, 1973
- … where did he get his money? He had to eat and drink, buy apparatus and chemicals, even pay the poor rate. Where did he get the common coin to meet such unavoidable if prosaic obligations? —Flann O'Brien, The Dalkey Archive, 1964
He has a prosaic writing style.
the prosaic life of a hardworking farmer
She believes the noises are made by ghosts, but I think there's a more prosaic explanation.
Recent Examples of prosaic from the Web
More prosaic destinations include urban lay-bys and supermarket car parks.
Today, his murals are framed by strips of prosaic wooden molding.
Smith followed Lax’s prosaic specificity with great warmth and atmosphere, and by creating layers of meaning.
At this point Santat’s staid, prosaic images explode into garish, kinetic life as the two create a comic-book epic featuring a ferocious dragon and two embattled heroes modeled on themselves.
San Francisco has a more prosaic problem: getting the phone answered by a dispatcher promptly.
Alas, the at-first intriguing idea of all this transpiring while the wider society is falling apart gets mostly lost amid the more prosaic concerns.
Now two corner residential sites that long had prosaic addresses on commercial thoroughfares—John Street and Fulton Street—have been reinvented with the poetry of a Dutch Street address.
Alas, Dutch engineer and inventor Kees Schouhamer Immink, who worked on the project, has written that the ultimate capacity of a CD was more a prosaic matter of balancing audio quality, coding, manufacturing and other competitive issues.
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prosaic Has Literary Origins
In the 1600s, any text that was not poetic was prosaic. Back then, "prosaic" carried no negative connotations; it simply indicated that a written work was made up of prose. That sense clearly owes much to the meaning of the word's Latin ancestor prosa, which meant "prose." By the end of the 17th century, though, poetry had come to be viewed as the more beautiful, imaginative, and emotional type of writing, and prose was relegated to the status of mundane and plain-Jane. As a result, English speakers started using "prosaic" to refer to anything considered matter-of-fact or ordinary, and they gradually transformed it into a synonym for "colorless," "drab," "lifeless," and "lackluster."
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PROSAIC Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of prosaic for English Language Learners
: dull or ordinary
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