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prosewise (not comparable)

  1. In terms of prose (as opposed to poetry).
    • 1868 February 3, The Illustrated London News, page 143:
      Being the representative of a town upon the sea, he seems to think it desirable that there should be a nautical bluffness in his style; and he ever, suggests in his speeches, a paraphrase into politics of one of Dibdin's sea-songs delivered prosewise.
    • 1884, The Life and Martyrdom of Saint Katherine of Alexandria, Virgin and Martyr:
      [] which is an early middle English version of the Latin story, the language being apparently that of the year 1200 or thereabouts, written in metre but given prosewise in the MS. from which Mr. Hardwick printed.
    • 1990, Eudora Welty, “The Most of S. J. Perelman; Baby It's Cold Inside”, in The Eye of the Story: Selected Essays and Reviews:
      The book is put together chronologically, which is as good a way as any to see what was going on, prosewise, from 1930 to 1958 when Louella Parsons, whose syntax Mr. P. recommends for its narcotic value ("You don't even need a prescription") sets him the scene for "Nirvana Small by a Waterfall."
    • 2006, Adam Sexton, Master class in fiction writing: techniques from Austen, Hemingway, and other greats : lessons from the all-star writer's workshop:
      Prosewise, I tried to write sentences reminiscent of what I had "heard" (or thought I had heard) in British novels — this sort of elegant, erudite voice.