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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
The state housing agency says its denial was based on a much more prosaic concern.
The summaries paint the picture of a dedicated workhorse — passionate about catching the bad guys but not above the more prosaic duties of public safety.
In a more prosaic illustration of soft power, Feeley noted that a welcome party for the new Chinese Ambassador had drawn an unusually illustrious crowd.
This will come as a surprise to fans of the Premier League, whose sole exposure to the Dutchman was his prosaic Manchester United side a couple of years ago, but the Dutchman gave Iniesta his debut in 2002, and the midfielder hasn't forgotten it.
The purchases have included the strategic (global agribusinesses and energy companies) and the prosaic (movie theaters and video games).
Tuesday’s primaries showed that Democrats and Republicans alike might be looking for something more prosaic: candidates who can follow the traditional rules of politics — and, hopefully, win.
The school’s response illustrates the ripple effect of the #MeToo movement, which surfaced in the high-profile precincts of Hollywood but is now prompting action in more prosaic places like colleges and businesses.
With enough maybes, investors won’t have to worry about prosaic matters like Lyft stealing away riders and drivers.
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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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