Related to prosaism: Prosaicism


1. A quality or style that is prosaic.
2. A prosaic word, phrase, or other expression.
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(prəʊˈzeɪɪzəm) or


1. prosaic quality or style
2. a prosaic expression, thought, etc
proˈsaist n
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(proʊˈzeɪ ɪz əm)

also pro•sa•i•cism

(-əˌsɪz əm)

1. prosaic character or style.
2. a prosaic expression.
[1780–90; < French prosaïsme. See prosaic, -ism]
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(60) Beyond the apparent prosaism, one may glimpse a philosophical grounding with roots in Shinto belief.
Ideas never condescend to the prosaism of The Verb, and words never return from the quest for their reference into the origins of time.
Though the film is limited by cheesy dialogues and prosaism, it proves to be an entertainer and a definite treat for every Rani Mukerji fan," concludes the critic.
Sophisticated style and heavy and filled with ambiguity prosaism Mongol and Timury periods, that has spread to the Safavid era and some authors have followed periods of Afsharieh and Zand, in the Qajar period gradually has become too simple writing and writers such as, Mirza Abolghasem Deputy and Lesanol Molk Sepehr and Reza Quli Khan hedayet and other historians this era have helped to promote a new style [5].
"[W]hile already preparing the grill of my transcendental prosaism on which, when the day came," Dali writes of his early years in The Secret Life, I would come and fry the mushrooms, the chops and the sardines of my thought (which I knew were destined to be served some day-fried to a turn, and good and hot--on the clean cloth of the table of the book which you are in the midst of reading) in order to appease for some hundred years the spiritual, imaginative, moral and ideological hunger of our epoch.
Fedor: "Epitety, u nego zhivshie v gortani [...] upotrebliaemye molodymi poetami ego pokoleniia, obmanutymi tern, chto arkhaizm, prozaizm, iii prosto obednevshie nekogda slova vrode 'roza', sovershiv polnyi krug zhizni, poluchali teper' v stikhakh kak by neozhidannuiu svezhest'." (D 46) "Those epithets inhabiting his larynx [...] Young poets of his generation used them, fooled by the fact that an archaism, a prosaism, or simply a long impoverished word like 'rose,' having completed a full life cycle, now seemed to acquire unexpected freshness in poetry." Nabokov: "Poplavskii ne izbezhal povetriia modnykh obrazov: morekhodstva i roz u nego khot' otbavliai.
The pages about Parra's work are well focused, offering an analysis of the irony, the prosaism, the juxtaposition of multiple voices, and the intertextuality as structural characteristics of the Poemas y Antipoemas (1954).
Her story of Bransk is almost ethnographic in the prosaism of its details and in its often deadpan presentation.