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Definitions of prose

  1. matter of fact, commonplace, or dull expression
  2. ordinary writing as distinguished from verse
  3. The ordinary language of men in speaking or writing; language not cast in poetical measure or rhythm; -- contradistinguished from verse, or metrical composition.
  4. A hymn with no regular meter, sometimes introduced into the Mass. See Sequence.
  5. Pertaining to, or composed of, prose; not in verse; as, prose composition.
  6. Possessing or exhibiting unpoetical characteristics; plain; dull; prosaic; as, the prose duties of life.
  7. To write in prose.
  8. To write or repeat in a dull, tedious, or prosy way.
  9. To write prose.
  10. Ordinary spoken or written language; language without meter: opposite to verse.
  11. To write in a form not verse; to write or speak tediously or uninterestingly.
  12. Pertaining to composition that is not verse; dull; tedious.
  13. The direct, straightforward arrangement of words, free from poetical measures: ordinary spoken and written language: all writings not in verse.
  14. Pertaining to prose: not poetical: plain: dull.
  15. To write prose: to speak or write tediously.
  16. PROSER.
  17. Discourse not in verse; dull, unimaginative writings.
  18. Prosaic.
  19. To discourse in a dull, tedious manner.
  20. To write or say in a dull manner.
  21. Prosaic; prosy.
  22. Speech or writing without meter.
  23. Unmetrical or unrhymed composition; ordinary language.
  24. To write in prose; to make a tedious relation.
  25. The ordinary written or spoken language of man; the opposite of verse or poetry.
  26. To write in a dull tedious style.
  27. Relating to prose; not poetical; dull; unromantic.

Usage examples for prose

  1. The Essays of Abraham Cowley, including all his Prose Works. – The Great Musicians: Rossini and His School by Henry Sutherland Edwards
  2. When fairly launched in a prose composition, he writes from two to four hours a day, seldom five. – Methods of Authors by Hugo Erichsen
  3. We are reading neither prose nor poetry; it is too real for the ideal, and too ideal for the real. – Views and Reviews by Henry James
  4. She was wont to say that for her part she liked only what was perfectly true, by which it is believed she meant prose. – The Danvers Jewels, and Sir Charles Danvers by Mary Cholmondeley
  5. " And, to descend from poetry to plain prose," said Mr. George, " I think we had better take advantage of the fine weather to go to Broek to- morrow." – Rollo in Holland by Jacob Abbott
  6. What a knack you have, Peggy, of turning everything into prose! – Doctor Cupid by Rhoda Broughton
  7. His admirers have also praised him as a prose writer. – Paul Verlaine by Stefan Zweig
  8. Under every picture was a legend in Hildegarde's hand, in prose or verse. – Hildegarde's Harvest by Laura E. Richards
  9. 1798- 1868. Poet and prose writer. – A Brief Handbook of English Authors by Oscar Fay Adams
  10. A translation into modern English prose. – Beowulf An Introduction to the Study of the Poem with a Discussion of the Stories of Offa and Finn by R. W. Chambers
  11. Perhaps the only prose work of permanent value he produced in these years was the life of his mysterious friend, Richard Savage. – Dr. Johnson and His Circle by John Bailey
  12. It is not poetry, but solemn prose that a man must reap the same kind of seed that he sows. – Sowing and Reaping by Dwight Moody
  13. The journey through Upper Egypt was at this time perfectly open and safe, and the legs and feet of the statue are covered with names, and inscriptions in prose and verse, of travellers who had visited it at sunrise during the reigns of Hadrian and the Antonines. – History Of Egypt From 330 B.C. To The Present Time, Volume 11 (of 12) by S. Rappoport
  14. Whether these two works were in verse or prose is unknown. – The Ship of Fools, Volume 1 by Sebastian Brandt
  15. We write poetry, Charles, in order to improve our prose. – The Passionate Elopement by Compton Mackenzie
  16. " I don't know," said Gerald, returning to prose. – The Enchanted Castle by E. Nesbit
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