from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. A person who writes prose
- n. A prosaic person
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. A writer of prose; an unpoetical writer.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A writer of prose.
- n. A prosaic or commonplace person; one destitute of poetic thought or feeling.
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Of course Meredith can do it, and so could Shakespeare; but with all my romance, I am a realist and a prosaist, and a most fanatical lover of plain physical sensations plainly and expressly rendered; hence my perils.
Now and again some poet or prosaist may have said to another, "What has become of that man Soames?" but I never heard any such question asked.
Now and again some poet or prosaist may have said to another, 'What has become of that man Soames?' but I never heard any such question asked.
We shall therefore rapidly survey its chief developments, noting first what had been done before Elizabeth came to the throne, then taking Ascham (who stands, though part of his work was written earlier, very much as the first Elizabethan prosaist), noticing the schools of historians, translators, controversialists, and especially critics who illustrated the middle period of the reign, and singling out the noteworthy personality of Sidney.
As a prosaist, Heine is, in one point of view, even more distinguished than as a poet.
Bacon aside, the condensed force and poignant brevity of whose aphoristic wisdom has no parallel in English, there is no other prosaist who possesses anything like Milton's command over the resources of our language.
He actually describes Addison, on the whole, as a 'dull prosaist,' and the patron of pedantry!
I hope you will not visit the very learned Herr Nicolai, the insipid prosaist, the puffed-up rationalist, who believes that his knowledge permits him to penetrate every thing, and who is a veritable ass. "