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Definition: commonplace or dull; matter-of-fact or unimaginative

Pronunciation: proh-zey-ik


The word comes from the Late Latin word prosaicus from approximately the decade of the 1650s.

Why this word?

This word is vastly different from words with a similar meaning in that it is a much more literary way to express disappointment. It is a word synonymous with the word ‘boring’; yet it sounds much more appealing and is a sophisticated way to exude and describe monotony. One additional reason that this word should be intriguing is the fact that when you compare the definition against the actual pronunciation of the word as you speak it, you’ll notice that they appear to be quite opposite. If someone were to guess what the definition were to be, I would imagine they would assume it was something far more positive and/or luxurious than the actual definition.

How to use the word prosaic in a sentence?

This adjective can be used in various situations or even as a character trait. Specifically, if you’d like to describe something that once had the intention of being greatly anticipated and has fallen flat of that notion and become disappointingly average or predictable.

“I’ve only been married for one year, and it’s already become prosaic.”

“My mother-in-law told me she heard a ghost in the kitchen last night, but I think there’s a much more prosaic explanation.”


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Written by Elizabeth Heather

Elizabeth Heather is a writer, proofreader and freelance editor. Elizabeth would describe herself as an ex-thespian, former vegetarian, failed guitarist and is hesitant to admit that Scientology intrigues her.


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