prosaic

  • 1 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

  • 2 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

  • 3 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

  • 4 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

  • 5 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 …

    Etymology dictionary

  • 6 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

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

    English terms dictionary

  • 8 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

  • 9 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

  • 10 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

  • 11 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

  • 12 prosaic — adjective boring, ordinary, or lacking in imagination: a prosaic writing style | People said he d been a pirate, but the truth was more prosaic. prosaically / kli/ adverb …

    Longman dictionary of contemporary English

  • 13 prosaic — prosaically, adv. prosaicness, n. /proh zay ik/, adj. 1. commonplace or dull; matter of fact or unimaginative: a prosaic mind. 2. of or having the character or form of prose rather than poetry. Also, prosaical. [1650 60; LL prosaicus. See PROSE,… …

    Universalium

  • 14 prosaic — adj. Prosaic is used with these nouns: ↑explanation …

    Collocations dictionary

  • 15 prosaic — I (New American Roget s College Thesaurus) adj. unimaginative, dull, uninteresting, commonplace, prosy, plain, sober; unromantic. See weariness, insipidity.Ant., poetic. II (Roget s IV) modif. Syn. common, mundane, trite; see dull 4 . III (Roget… …

    English dictionary for students

  • 16 prosaic — adjective a prosaic lecture that had us fighting to stay awake Syn: ordinary, everyday, commonplace, conventional, straightforward, routine, run of the mill, by the numbers, workaday; unimaginative, uninspired, uninspiring, matter of fact, dull,… …

    Thesaurus of popular words

  • 17 prosaic — pro•sa•ic [[t]proʊˈzeɪ ɪk[/t]] also pro•sa′i•cal adj. 1) commonplace or dull; matter of fact; unimaginative: a prosaic mind[/ex] 2) of or like prose rather than poetry • Etymology: 1650–60; < LL prōsaicus. See prose, ic pro•sa′i•cal•ly, adv.… …

    From formal English to slang

  • 18 prosaic — /proʊˈzeɪɪk / (say proh zayik), /prə / (say pruh ) adjective 1. commonplace or dull; matter of fact or unimaginative: *A model who does not like modelling conditions can, and should, leave the field and enter more prosaic employment. –figure and… …

    Australian English dictionary

  • 19 prosaic — adj. 1 like prose, lacking poetic beauty. 2 unromantic; dull; commonplace (took a prosaic view of life). Derivatives: prosaically adv. prosaicness n. Etymology: F prosaiumlque or LL prosaicus (as PROSE) …

    Useful english dictionary

  • 20 prosaic — Synonyms and related words: Attic, Spartan, actual, arid, ascetic, austere, bald, banal, banausic, bare, barren, bland, boring, breadwinning, businesslike, candid, characterless, chaste, classic, classical, cliched, commercial, common,… …

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