pleonasm

pleonasm

[plee-uh-naz-uhm]
noun
1.
the use of more words than are necessary to express an idea; redundancy.
2.
an instance of this, as free gift or true fact.
3.
a redundant word or expression.

Origin:
1580–90; < Late Latin pleonasmus < Greek pleonasmós redundancy, surplus, derivative of pleonázein to be or have more than enough, itself derivative of pleíōn more (see pleo-)

pleonastic, adjective
pleonastically, adverb
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pleonasm (ˈpliːəˌnæzəm)
 
n
1.  the use of more words than necessary or an instance of this, such as a tiny little child
2.  a word or phrase that is superfluous
 
[C16: from Latin pleonasmus, from Greek pleonasmos excess, from pleonazein to be redundant]
 
pleo'nastic
 
adj
 
pleo'nastically
 
adv

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pleonasm
"redundancy in words," 1586, from L.L. pleonasmus, from Gk. pleonasmos, from pleonasein "to be more than enough," from pleon "more," comp. of polys "much," from PIE *ple- (see poly-).
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pleonasm ple·o·nasm (plē'ə-nāz'əm)
n.
An excess in the number or size of parts.

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pleonasm definition


Redundancy of expression; tautology.
(1995-03-25)

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