Sunday, February 29, 2004
pleonasm noun [PLEE-uh-naz-uhm] The use of more words than are necessary to express an idea; as, "I saw it with my own eyes."
Definitions for pleonasm
- The use of more words than are necessary to express an idea; as, "I saw it with my own eyes."
- An instance or example of pleonasm.
- A superfluous word or expression.
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Citations for pleonasm
Dougan uses many words where few would do, as if pleonasm were a way of wringing every possibility out of the material he has, and stretching sentences a form of spreading the word.
Such a phrase from President Nixon's era, much favored by politicians, is "at this moment in time." Presumably these five words mean "now." That pleonasm probably does little harm except, perhaps, to the reputation of the speaker.