One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
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.
wordiness, verboseness, loquacity, garrulity, talkativeness, volubility, expansiveness, babbling, blathering, waffling, prattling, prating, jabbering, gushingView synonyms
- ‘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.’
- ‘‘Obsessive writer’ is a pleonasm if ever there was one.’
- ‘Apollonius takes no thought for style, and his work is marked by frequent pleonasm, anacoluthon, etc.’
- ‘‘Experimental fiction’ is a pleonasm.’
- ‘And ‘hackneyed cliché’ is itself a pleonasm.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘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.’
Mid 16th century: via late Latin from Greek pleonasmos, from pleonazein ‘be superfluous’.
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