- the use of more words than are necessary to express an idea; redundancy.
- an instance of this, as free gift or true fact.
- a redundant word or expression.
Origin of pleonasm
Examples from the Web for pleonasm
Ignorance of the true meaning of a word often leads to pleonasm.The Romance of Words (4th ed.)
What is pleonasm in a single sentence is ellipsis in a double one.
These are instances of pleonasm in the strictest sense of the term.
We have spoken of "true worship;" the expression is a pleonasm.The Articles of Faith
James E. Talmage
The pleonasm is explained by the divergence of French and ME.
- the use of more words than necessary or an instance of this, such as a tiny little child
- a word or phrase that is superfluous
Word Origin and History for pleonasm
"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-).
- An excess in the number or size of parts.