Definitions

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun The quality or character of being prosaic.

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  • noun The characteristic of being prosaic.

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  • noun commonplaceness as a consequence of being humdrum and not exciting

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Examples

  • There is the grandiosity of that self-description – splendidly undercut by the prosaicness of the "twenty practical actions for happiness", which urges people to hug each other, exercise more often and say thank you more often.

    Happiness: When smiling becomes policy | Editorial

  • We still don't know the decisive elements that went into that change from an older style of symbolism and writing poetry to the new style — the new style being a new type of visionariness but also a certain intermingling of prosaicness or a diminished fear of the difference between prose and poetry.

    An Interview with Harold Bloom

  • Its pretention to historic accuracy begot prosaicness in its approach to the style of the chronicles.

    Four Arthurian Romances

  • All her meanness and prosaicness was forgotten, all her imperfections and shortcomings; it was home, the one tangible thing in the glittering emptiness of the spheres.

    Gulliver of Mars

  • All her meanness and prosaicness was forgotten, all her imperfections and shortcomings; it was home, the one tangible thing in the glittering emptiness of the spheres.

    Gulliver of Mars

  • But, alas! for the prosaicness of this workaday world, they had to assume the attitudes of lawyer and client; and discourse of crime instead of love.

    The Silent House

  • But a mill-village is one vast expanse of mediocrity and prosaicness, and it would take a bigger nature than Peter's to recognize the beautiful in such a life.

    The Honorable Peter Stirling and What People Thought of Him

  • She had sung in the choir when she was a girl, and had an enduring love for music, which age and prosaicness could not affect.

    A Wandering Samaritan

  • Thoughts have some characteristics of fancy, of freedom, even of unreality, which are wanting to the prosaicness of heavy material things.

    The Mind and the Brain Being the Authorised Translation of L'Âme et le Corps

  • But a mill-village is one vast expanse of mediocrity and prosaicness, and it would take a bigger nature than Peter's to recognize the beautiful in such a life.

    The Honorable Peter Stirling and What People Thought of Him

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