from The Century Dictionary.

  • In an unpoetical manner; prosaically.

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  • adverb In an unpoetic manner.


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unpoetic +‎ -ally


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  • Rather unpoetically named GRB971214 (after its Dec. 14 discovery date), the burst was the brightest, most powerful blast of energy ever documented.

    A Very Big Bang 2008

  • The “wok hay,” or as I called it so unpoetically for years, “the wok taste” is very strong from this wok, and the speed and ease with which I can stir fry are incomparable.

    Tigers & Strawberries » The Riddle of Iron 2005

  • Toward the end of chapter 15, on plants, the authors note that some two-thirds of the radiation impinging on a tree is ultimately spent pumping water into the surrounding air evapotranspiration and conclude, unpoetically, that “a tree is best understood as a giant degrader of solar energy.”

    Nancy Pearcey: The Creationists' Miss Information - The Panda's Thumb 2006

  • Orientalists call the Athens of India, stands quite unpoetically on the solid earth, Passepartout caught glimpses of its brick houses and clay huts, giving an aspect of desolation to the place, as the train entered it.

    Around the World in 80 Days 2003

  • At “Cockerapeak,” or, to speak less unpoetically, when Alectryon sings his hymn to the dawn, the working bees of the little hive must be up and stirring, whilst the master and mistress enjoy the beauty-sleep.

    Two Trips to Gorilla Land and the Cataracts of the Congo 2003

  • It must be, however, confessed of these writers that if they are upon common subjects often unnecessarily and unpoetically subtle, yet where scholastic speculation can be properly admitted, their copiousness and acuteness may justly be admired.

    English literary criticism Various

  • "Lilian," (here most unpoetically called "Facts in Verse,") long ago awakened a desire in lovers of good poetry to know more of Miss Whitney and what she had written; and the desire is gratified by the publication of this book.

    The Atlantic Monthly, Volume 04, No. 26, December, 1859 Various

  • Me, I know that a woman needs a man just the same as a man needs a woman -- and just as darned unpoetically.

    The Job An American Novel Sinclair Lewis 1918

  • And for adequacy of meaning, not unpoetically expressed, they are almost supreme.

    Matthew Arnold George Saintsbury 1889

  • Strange as it may seem, the hissing of her frying-pan as she dropped into it the shining fish did not mingle unpoetically with the murmur of lagging bees overhead and the soothing plaint of the river running over its shallows below.

    Two Summers in Guyenne Edward Harrison Barker 1885


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