The Free Dictionary  
mailing list For webmasters
Welcome Guest Forum Search | Active Topics | Members

prosaic Options
Daemon
Posted: Monday, January 30, 2017 12:00:00 AM
Rank: Advanced Member

Joined: 3/7/2009
Posts: 19,645
Neurons: 58,938
Location: Inside Farlex computers
prosaic

(adjective) Straightforward; not fanciful or imaginative.

Synonyms: matter-of-fact

Usage: It is to be a cold, prosaic, matter-of-fact business proposition.
monamagda
Posted: Monday, January 30, 2017 5:13:35 AM

Rank: Advanced Member

Joined: 2/4/2014
Posts: 4,787
Neurons: 3,008,518
Location: Bogotá, Bogota D.C., Colombia

Notes: Despite the efforts of legions of excellent novelists, prose has been tainted permanently with connotations of dullness and the commonplace that have taken over the meaning of today's word. This pejorativity has even leaked onto prosaist "writer of prose, prosaic person" to the point that a new term for a prose writer had to be acquired (from the French, as usual): prosateur. All the qualitative nouns bear the same stigma: prosaism, prosaicness, and prosaicalness all refer to dullness and boredom.

In Play: Today's Word has long since bolted the literary arena to romp about the general vocabulary of English: "Lida Lott came in a prosaic gray suit to help convince voters of her political savvy and gravitas." So now anything bereft of romance, beauty, and excitement may be said to be prosaic: "After jumping naked into the fountain downtown in an attempt to escape his prosaic life, Ralph found himself living an even more prosaic life in prison."

Word History: Today's Word came from Latin prosaicus "proselike", the adjective of prosa "straightforward (discourse)", the feminine of prosus, a reduction of proversus "turned forward", the past participle of provertere "to turn forward". This verb comprises pro "forward" + vertere "to turn". The original word that became vert- in Latin became the adverbial suffix -ward in such words as northward and homeward in English. In Russian it hardly changed: vertet' "to turn, rotate, spin".

http://www.alphadictionary.com/goodword/word/prosaic
ChristopherJohnson
Posted: Monday, January 30, 2017 8:03:55 AM

Rank: Advanced Member

Joined: 3/27/2014
Posts: 1,418
Neurons: 697,525
Location: Tbilisi, T'bilisi, Georgia
Prosaic writing can be very exciting and poetic, at the same time!
Харбин Хэйлунцзян 1
Posted: Monday, January 30, 2017 9:09:23 AM

Rank: Advanced Member

Joined: 10/13/2015
Posts: 422
Neurons: 100,194
Location: Dzerzhinskiy, Moskovskaya, Russia
ChristopherJohnson wrote:
Prosaic writing can be very exciting and poetic, at the same time!

http://www.grammar-monster.com/glossary/prose.htm

Quote:
The Difference between Prose and Prosaic Writing
The adjective from prose is prosaic. However, the term prosaic writing is not necessarily synonymous with prose.

The adjective prosaic carries the connotation of something being basic or simple. (Prosaic is synonymous with adjectives like everyday, run-of-the-mill, normal, ordinary, routine, and standard.)

In other words, a piece of writing described as prose might contain some imaginative figurative language. However, a piece of writing described as prosaic writing wouldn't contain such artistic flair (e.g., metaphors, similes, and hyperbole.)
Wilmar (USA)
Posted: Monday, January 30, 2017 12:42:41 PM

Rank: Advanced Member

Joined: 6/4/2015
Posts: 387
Neurons: 47,635
Location: Vinton, Iowa, United States
Don't believe I've ever heard anyone use this word.
Irma Crespo
Posted: Friday, February 03, 2017 12:00:28 AM

Rank: Advanced Member

Joined: 12/24/2014
Posts: 973
Neurons: 50,775
Location: Panamá, Panama, Panama
Adj. 1. prosaic - not fanciful or imaginative; "local guides describe the history of various places in matter-of-fact tones"; "a prosaic and unimaginative essay"
matter-of-fact
unrhetorical - not rhetorical
2. prosaic - lacking wit or imagination; "a pedestrian movie plot"
pedestrian, prosy, earthbound
uninteresting - arousing no interest or attention or curiosity or excitement; "a very uninteresting account of her trip"
3. prosaic - not challengingprosaic - not challenging; dull and lacking excitement; "an unglamorous job greasing engines"
humdrum, unglamorous, unglamourous, commonplace
unexciting - not exciting; "an unexciting novel"; "lived an unexciting life"
Based on WordNet 3.0, Farlex clipart collection. © 2003-2012 Princeton University, Farlex Inc.
Users browsing this topic
Guest


Forum Jump
You cannot post new topics in this forum.
You cannot reply to topics in this forum.
You cannot delete your posts in this forum.
You cannot edit your posts in this forum.
You cannot create polls in this forum.
You cannot vote in polls in this forum.

Main Forum RSS : RSS
Forum Terms and Guidelines. Copyright © 2008-2017 Farlex, Inc. All rights reserved.