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Definition of Prose


  1. The ordinary language of men in speaking or writing; language not cast in poetical measure or rhythm; -- contradistinguished from verse, or metrical composition.
  2. Hence, language which evinces little imagination or animation; dull and commonplace discourse.
  3. A hymn with no regular meter, sometimes introduced into the Mass. See Sequence.
  4. Pertaining to, or composed of, prose; not in verse; as, prose composition.
  5. Possessing or exhibiting unpoetical characteristics; plain; dull; prosaic; as, the prose duties of life.
  6. To write in prose.
  7. To write or repeat in a dull, tedious, or prosy way.
  8. To write prose.

Prose Quotations

If geography is prose, maps are iconography.
Lennart Meri

Every now and then I read a poem that does touch something in me, but I never turn to poetry for solace or pleasure in the way that I throw myself into prose.
J. K. Rowling

Romance like a ghost escapes touching; it is always where you are not, not where you are. The interview or conversation was prose at the time, but it is poetry in the memory.
George William Curtis

It's funny, because in deference to conventional wisdom, I spent my struggling writer years trying to suppress my naturally baroque literary voice and write clean, spare prose. I finally gave up and embraced my baroque tendencies when I wrote the Kushiel series.
Jacqueline Carey

I find in my poetry and prose the rhythms and imagery of the best - I mean, when I'm at my best - of the good Southern black preachers. The lyricism of the spirituals and the directness of gospel songs and the mystery of blues are in my music or in my poetry and prose, or I missed everything.
Maya Angelou
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Prose Translations

prose in Dutch is proza
prose in French is prose
prose in German is Prosa
prose in Portuguese is prosa
prose in Spanish is prosa
prose in Swedish is prosa
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