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psittacism

[sit-uh-siz-uh m] /ˈsɪt əˌsɪz əm/
noun
1.
mechanical, repetitive, and meaningless speech.
Origin
1895-1900
1895-1900; < Latin psittac(us) parrot (see psittacosis) + -ism
Related forms
psittacistic, adjective
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Word Origin and History for psittacistic

psittacism

n.

"mere parroting, parrotry, repetition without reasoning," 1884, from French psittacisme (Liebnitz, 1765) or German psittazismus, from Latin psittacus "parrot" (see psittacine) + -ism.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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