prose early 14c., from O.Fr. prose (13c.), from L. prosa oratio "straightforward or direct speech" (without the ornaments of verse), from prosa, fem. of prosus, earlier prorsus "straightforward, direct," from Old L. provorsus " (moving) straight ahead," from pro- "forward" (see PRO- (Cf. pro-)) + vorsus "turned," pp. of vertere "to turn" (see VERSE (Cf. verse)).
"Good prose, to say nothing of the original thoughts it conveys, may be infinitely varied in modulation. It is only an extension of metres, an amplification of harmonies, of which even the best and most varied poetry admits but few." [Walter Savage Landor, "Imaginary Conversations"]

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  • prose — PROSE. s. f. Discours qui n est point assujetti à une certaine mesure, à un certain nombre de pieds & de syllabes. Prose grecque. prose latine. prose françoise. le langage de la prose est plus simple & moins figuré que celuy des vers. escrire en… …   Dictionnaire de l'Académie française

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