Definition of pleonasm in English:

pleonasm

noun

mass noun
  • The use of more words than are necessary to convey meaning (e.g. see with one's eyes), either as a fault of style or for emphasis.

    • ‘The phrase appears to make use of a deliberate rhetorical device known as pleonasm, a crafted redundancy that plays out the search for the most fitting expression.’
    • ‘Apollonius takes no thought for style, and his work is marked by frequent pleonasm, anacoluthon, etc.’
    • ‘And ‘hackneyed cliché’ is itself a pleonasm.’
    • ‘‘Experimental fiction’ is a pleonasm.’
    • ‘‘Obsessive writer’ is a pleonasm if ever there was one.’
    • ‘He doesn't say how long ‘lengthy’ is, but as ‘a lengthy sermon’ is a pleonasm, and as he's too good a writer to commit such an atrocity, one suspects pretty long.’
    • ‘For all her pleonasm, for all her longwinded babbling, for all her pathetic redundancy, there is still so much that she will never, ever articulate.’
    wordiness, verboseness, loquacity, garrulity, talkativeness, volubility, expansiveness, babbling, blathering, waffling, prattling, prating, jabbering, gushing
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Origin

Mid 16th century: via late Latin from Greek pleonasmos, from pleonazein ‘be superfluous’.

Pronunciation

pleonasm

/ˈpliːə(ʊ)ˌnaz(ə)m/