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battology

[buh-tol-uh-jee]
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noun
  1. wearisome repetition of words in speaking or writing.

Origin of battology

1595–1605; < Greek battología (bátt(os) stammerer + -o- -o- + -logia -logy)
Related formsbat·tol·o·gist, nounbat·to·log·i·cal [bat-l-oj-i-kuh l] /ˌbæt lˈɒdʒ ɪ kəl/, adjective
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Word Origin and History for battology

n.

"needless repetition in speaking or writing," c.1600, from Greek battologia "a speaking stammeringly," from battos "stammerer," of imitative origin, + -logia (see -logy).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

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