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 book is plagued by turgid prose, facile observations, and far-fetched inferences from limited evidence.’
- ‘The novel's lyrical prose and descriptions are its strong points.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘To say that a man cannot write clear prose is not necessarily to blame him.’
- ‘Beautifully written in lyrical prose, it includes some wonderful turns of phrase.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘All infused new life and elegance into Urdu prose.’
- ‘His approach allowed me to see that not all food writing has to be flowery prose.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘The author's prose throughout the work is little short of flawless.’
- ‘But Nabokov's beauty is to be found in his stunningly original poetic prose.’
- ‘In a field that is often obscure, he was a master of lucid prose.’
- ‘So I think people who are trying to help students genuinely write better English prose are doing a noble service.’
- ‘This is where the prose poem can develop as a major form.’
- ‘In all his writings the fruits of observation and reflection were exhibited in lucid prose.’
- ‘And these were many, written in his much admired and inimitable prose style.’
- ‘His lifelong concern with the South also pervades most of his non-fiction prose works.’
- 1.1 Plain or dull writing, discourse, or expression.‘medical and scientific 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.‘prosing on about female beauty’
- ‘‘We were merely prosing about old times.’’
- ‘He was prosing on again about rigging candidate selection, to the benefit of women and ethnic minorities.’
- ‘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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