Definition of tautologism in English:

tautologism

noun

  • 1A phrase or expression which is tautological.

  • 2The use of tautology; specifically †(with reference to Chinese speech) the practice of semantically distinguishing a word from its homophones by the additional use of another word of similar meaning (obsolete).

Origin

Early 17th century; earliest use found in Field's Of Church. From tautology + -ism.

Pronunciation

tautologism

/tɔːˈtɒlədʒɪz(ə)m/