Definition of verbalism in English:



mass noun
  • 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. 1.1count noun A verbal expression.
      ‘a dying Church with its empty verbalisms and denatured ceremonies’
      • ‘When they reported on the outdoor explorations, the children hardly ever used adult terms or verbalisms.’
      • ‘Be alert to use of verbalisms and echolalia and consult with a speech/language therapist when in doubt.’
      • ‘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.’
    2. 1.2 Excessive or empty use of language.
      ‘there was a deal of verbalism’
      • ‘The temptation is great to suspect that Hugo is here indulging in mere verbalism.’
      • ‘Mufti Sahib sacrifices the action part of Dialogue in his speeches, thereby making a mere verbalism.’