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prosaic

[proh-zey-ik] /proʊˈzeɪ ɪk/
adjective
1.
commonplace or dull; matter-of-fact or unimaginative:
a prosaic mind.
2.
of or having the character or form of prose rather than poetry.
Also, prosaical.
Origin
1650-1660
1650-60; Late Latin prōsaicus. See prose, -ic
Related forms
prosaically, adverb
prosaicness, noun
nonprosaic, adjective
nonprosaicness, noun
nonprosaically, adverb
unprosaic, adjective
unprosaicness, noun
unprosaical, adjective
unprosaically, adverb
Synonyms
1. ordinary, everyday; vapid, humdrum, tedious, tiresome, uninteresting.
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Examples for prosaically
  • More prosaically, some of the electricity for your latest gadget was probably made in a power plant that's decades old.
  • More prosaically, it is what billions of people do all day.
  • More prosaically, what the industry is saying is that you get what you pay for.
British Dictionary definitions for prosaically

prosaic

/prəʊˈzeɪɪk/
adjective
1.
lacking imagination
2.
having the characteristics of prose
Derived Forms
prosaically, adverb
prosaicness, noun
Word Origin
C16: from Late Latin prōsaicus, from Latin prōsaprose
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Word Origin and History for prosaically

prosaic

adj.

1650s, "having to do with prose," from Middle French prosaique and directly from Medieval Latin prosaicus "in prose" (16c.), from Latin prosa "prose" (see prose). Meaning "having the character of prose (in contrast to the feeling of poetry)" is by 1746; extended sense of "ordinary" is by 1813, both from French.

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