prosaic 1650s, "having to do with prose," from Fr. prosaique, from M.L. prosaicus "in prose" (16c.), from L. prosa "prose" (see PROSE (Cf. prose)). Meaning "having the character of prose (in contrast to the feeling of poetry)" is 1746; extended sense of "ordinary" is 1813, both from French.

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  • prosaic — prosaic, prosy, matter of fact all denote having a plain, practical, unimaginative, unemotional character or quality. Prosaic implies an opposition to poetic in the extended sense of that word. Although the term suggests the quality of prose, it… …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • Prosaic — Pro*sa ic, Prosaical Pro*sa ic*al, a. [L. prosaius, from prosa prose: cf. F,. prosa[ i]que. See {Prose}.] 1. Of or pertaining to prose; resembling prose; in the form of prose; unpoetical; writing or using prose; as, a prosaic composition.… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • prosaic — [prō zā′ik] adj. [LL prosaicus < L prosa, PROSE] 1. of or like prose rather than poetry; often, specif., heavy, flat, unimaginative, etc. 2. commonplace, dull and ordinary [prosaic details of everyday life] prosaically adv. prosaicness n …   English World dictionary

  • prosaic — I adjective boresome, boring, colorless, common, commonplace, dry, dull, everyday, flat, frigidus, hackneyed, humdrum, ieiunus, jejune, matter of fact, mediocre, monotone, monotonous, mundane, ordinary, pedestrian, plain, platitudinous, prolix,… …   Law dictionary

  • prosaic — [adj] unimaginative actual, banal, blah*, boring, clean, colorless, common, commonplace, dead*, diddly*, drab, dry, dull, everyday, factual, flat*, garden variety*, hackneyed, ho hum*, humdrum*, irksome, lackluster, lifeless, literal, lowly,… …   New thesaurus

  • prosaic — ► ADJECTIVE 1) having the style of prose. 2) commonplace; unromantic. DERIVATIVES prosaically adverb …   English terms dictionary

  • prosaic — [[t]proʊze͟ɪɪk[/t]] ADJ GRADED Something that is prosaic is dull and uninteresting. [FORMAL] His instructor offered a more prosaic explanation for the surge in interest... The truth is more prosaic. Syn: mundane Ant: interesting Derived words:… …   English dictionary

  • prosaic — adjective Etymology: Late Latin prosaicus, from Latin prosa prose Date: circa 1656 1. a. characteristic of prose as distinguished from poetry ; factual b. dull, unimaginative < prosaic advice > 2. everyday, ordinary …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • prosaic — adjective /pɹəʊˈzeɪ.ɪk,pɹoʊˈzeɪ.ɪk/ a) Pertaining to or having the characteristics of prose. The tenor of Eliots prosaic work differs greatly from that of his poetry. b) Straightforward; matter of fact; lacking the feeling or elegance of poetry.… …   Wiktionary

  • prosaic — pro|sa|ic [prəuˈzeı ık, prə US prou , prə ] adj [Date: 1500 1600; : Late Latin; Origin: prosaicus, from Latin prosa; PROSE] boring or ordinary ▪ a prosaic writing style ▪ The reality, however, is probably more prosaic. >prosaically [ kli] adv …   Dictionary of contemporary English

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