One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1Concentration on forms of expression rather than content.‘verbalism means thinking of the words instead of with them’
- ‘We're still trapped in the tradition of verbalism which changed with the Renaissance - teaching everything with words.’
- ‘To call it verbalism seems to degrade intellectual detachment to stylistic trickery but the facts are complex.’
- 1.1count noun A verbal expression.‘a dying Church with its empty verbalisms and denatured ceremonies’
- ‘Our experienced moderators record spontaneous verbalisms, comments, assessments and mind statements of the test persons.’
- ‘This involves reducing the experience of the companion to verbalisms and having the student learn from them.’
- ‘Be alert to use of verbalisms and echolalia and consult with a speech/language therapist when in doubt.’
- ‘When they reported on the outdoor explorations, the children hardly ever used adult terms or verbalisms.’
- 1.2 Excessive or empty use of language.‘there was a deal of verbalism’
- ‘Mufti Sahib sacrifices the action part of Dialogue in his speeches, thereby making a mere verbalism.’
- ‘The temptation is great to suspect that Hugo is here indulging in mere verbalism.’
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