One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1Written or spoken language in its ordinary form, without metrical structure.‘a short story in prose’as modifier ‘a prose passage’
- ‘The author's prose throughout the work is little short of flawless.’
- ‘In all his writings the fruits of observation and reflection were exhibited in lucid prose.’
- ‘In a field that is often obscure, he was a master of lucid prose.’
- ‘The author is no great prose stylist but the writing is competent and fluent.’
- ‘The author's prose is clear and his image of Zimbabwe is accessible and understandable, if perhaps oversimplified.’
- ‘The book is plagued by turgid prose, facile observations, and far-fetched inferences from limited evidence.’
- ‘His approach allowed me to see that not all food writing has to be flowery prose.’
- ‘To say that a man cannot write clear prose is not necessarily to blame him.’
- ‘So I think people who are trying to help students genuinely write better English prose are doing a noble service.’
- ‘The novel's lyrical prose and descriptions are its strong points.’
- ‘Beautifully written in lyrical prose, it includes some wonderful turns of phrase.’
- ‘All infused new life and elegance into Urdu prose.’
- ‘This is where the prose poem can develop as a major form.’
- ‘But Nabokov's beauty is to be found in his stunningly original poetic prose.’
- ‘His lifelong concern with the South also pervades most of his non-fiction prose works.’
- ‘He points to the clear, simple prose of Ernest Hemingway and Samuel Beckett as examples of brilliant writing that is not bewildering for its complexity.’
- ‘Strive for lively prose, leaning on strong verbs and sharp nouns.’
- ‘I chose prose narrative fiction as the crucial focus of comparison and confrontation among cultures of the world.’
- ‘In order to obtain formal grace, prose writers had to lessen their ambitions.’
- ‘And these were many, written in his much admired and inimitable prose style.’
- 1.1count noun A passage of prose for translation into a foreign language.
- 1.2 Plain or dull writing, discourse, or expression.‘closely typed in best office prose’
- ‘This morning I read it, and it is a lump of leaden prose, ungainly and unattractive, like a plain fat spotty teenager at her prom, dressed like a Christmas cake.’
2another term for sequence (sense 4 of the noun)
1no object Talk tediously.‘he was still prosing away about the advantages of a warm climate’
- ‘He was prosing on again about rigging candidate selection, to the benefit of women and ethnic minorities.’
- ‘‘We were merely prosing about old times.’’
- ‘One lesson prosed that the apostle Paul survived the ship wreck at Malta because he had ‘eaten carrots and was strong.’’
2dated with object Compose in or convert into prose.
Middle English: via Old French from Latin prosa (oratio) ‘straightforward (discourse’), feminine of prosus, earlier prorsus ‘direct’.
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