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verbalism

[vur-buh-liz-uh m] /ˈvɜr bəˌlɪz əm/
noun
1.
a verbal expression, as a word or phrase.
2.
the way in which something is worded; choice of words; phrasing.
3.
a phrase or sentence having little or no meaning.
4.
a use of words considered as predominating over or obscuring ideas or reality; verbiage.
Origin of verbalism
1780-1790
First recorded in 1780-90; verbal + -ism
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British Dictionary definitions for verbalism

verbalism

/ˈvɜːbəˌlɪzəm/
noun
1.
a verbal expression; phrase or word
2.
an exaggerated emphasis on the importance of words by the uncritical acceptance of assertions in place of explanations, the use of rhetorical style, etc
3.
a statement lacking real content, esp a cliché
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