Definitions

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun A prosaic style or quality.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun rare The quality or state of being prosaic; a prosaic manner or style.

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  • noun The quality or state of being prosaic; a prosaic manner or style.

Etymologies

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prosaic +‎ -ism

Examples

  • There can be no doubt that Levine offers readers of American poetry a singular vision, one whose temperate, almost holy prosaicism paradoxically offers a stunningly expansive view of what's possible in the English language.

    Seth Abramson: February 2012 Contemporary Poetry Reviews

  • There can be no doubt that Levine offers readers of American poetry a singular vision, one whose temperate, almost holy prosaicism paradoxically offers a stunningly expansive view of what's possible in the English language.

    Seth Abramson: February 2012 Contemporary Poetry Reviews

  • And a new fact for me in this theatre of the religions is the proximity, the banality, the prosaicism of God.

    America in Foreign Eyes

  • And a new fact for me in this theatre of the religions is the proximity, the banality, the prosaicism of God.

    America in Foreign Eyes

  • And a new fact for me in this theatre of the religions is the proximity, the banality, the prosaicism of God.

    America in Foreign Eyes

  • "Figurative figures," she said, regaining prosaicism.

    Starfarers

  • Between a low moral prosaicism and a generous moral ideal was it possible for him to hesitate?

    The Atlantic Monthly, Volume 13, No. 77, March, 1864

  • His ideal itself is endangered; the atmosphere he would inhale is filled with poison; a desolating moral prosaicism springs up to justify a great social ugliness, and spreads in the air where his young hopes would try their wings; and in the imperfect strength of youth he has so much of dependence upon actual surroundings, that he must either war with their evil or succumb to it.

    The Atlantic Monthly, Volume 13, No. 77, March, 1864

  • So he first recognizes it with remorseless verity, depicts it in all its littleness and limitation; then strikes its connection with growth: and lo, the littleness becomes great in serving the greater; the harsh prosaicism begins to move in melodious measure; and out of that jarring, creaking mechanism of conventional society arise the grand rolling organ-harmonies of life.

    The Atlantic Monthly, Volume 16, No. 96, October 1865

  • But it should also be remembered that hymns, in this respect, are subject to the common penalty, the inferiority in art, inherent in all didactic verse; although with a more pressing and powerful excuse than didactic verse can offer for its inevitable prosaicism.

    The Treasury of Sacred Song

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