pleonasm

[plee-uh-naz-uh m] /ˈpli əˌnæz əm/
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-)
Related forms
pleonastic, adjective
pleonastically, adverb
British Dictionary definitions for pleonasm
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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Word Origin and History for pleonasm
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 in Medicine

pleonasm ple·o·nasm (plē'ə-nāz'əm)
n.
An excess in the number or size of parts.

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pleonasm in Technology


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

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