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verbalism

[vur-buh-liz-uh m]
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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.
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Origin of verbalism

First recorded in 1780–90; verbal + -ism
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  • Verbalism demands a set form used with irreproachable skill.

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    Ezra Pound


British Dictionary definitions for verbalism

verbalism

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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