The preceding examples illustrate an apparent paradox, viz., the fact of pleonasm and ellipsis being closely allied.
What is pleonasm in a single sentence is ellipsis in a double one.
The pleonasm is explained by the divergence of French and ME.
But the above examples are arranged either by pleonasm or by some such like artifice.
Ignorance of the true meaning of a word often leads to pleonasm.
"He is so nervous that he is committing a pleonasm," said Felicien in an aside to Lousteau.
These are instances of pleonasm in the strictest sense of the term.
Let the word come after the gesture and there will be no pleonasm.
Nothing is gained in strength nor precision by this kind of pleonasm.
"I saw it with my eyes" is a pleonasm; "all the members agreed unanimously" is tautology.
"redundancy in words," 1580s, from Late Latin pleonasmus, from Greek pleonasmos, from pleonazein "to be more than enough, to be superfluous," in grammatical use, "to add superfluously," from comb. form of pleon "more" (see pleio-).
pleonasm ple·o·nasm (plē'ə-nāz'əm)
An excess in the number or size of parts.