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psittacism

[sit-uh-siz-uh m]
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noun
  1. mechanical, repetitive, and meaningless speech.

Origin of psittacism

1895–1900; < Latin psittac(us) parrot (see psittacosis) + -ism
Related formspsit·ta·cis·tic, adjective
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Word Origin and History for psittacism

n.

"mere parroting, parrotry, repetition without reasoning," 1884, from French psittacisme (Liebnitz, 1765) or German psittazismus, from Latin psittacus "parrot" (see psittacine) + -ism.

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