verbalism

[vur-buh-liz-uhm]
noun
1.
a verbal expression, as a word or phrase.
2.
the way in which something is worded; choice of words; phrasing.
3.
a phrase or sentence having little or no meaning.
4.
a use of words considered as predominating over or obscuring ideas or reality; verbiage.

Origin:
1780–90; verbal + -ism

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verbalism (ˈvɜːbəˌlɪzəm)
 
n
1.  a verbal expression; phrase or word
2.  an exaggerated emphasis on the importance of words by the uncritical acceptance of assertions in place of explanations, the use of rhetorical style, etc
3.  a statement lacking real content, esp a cliché

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