Thursday, July 17, 2014
Definitions for tautology
- needless repetition of an idea, especially in words other than those of the immediate context, without imparting additional force or clearness, as in "widow woman."
- an instance of such repetition.
- Logic. a. a compound propositional form all of whose instances are true, as "A or not A." b. an instance of such a form, as "This candidate will win or will not win."
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Citations for tautology
If "When they're gone they're gone" is just a straight tautology then nobody finds it in the least bit informative. It isn't, because it is tautology. But if it's really not a tautology then that is to say it's metaphorical.
Tautology. Yes, I know, it's an ugly word. But so is the thing. Tautology is this verbal device which consists in defining like by like ("Drama is drama").