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pleonasm

[ plee-uh-naz-uhm ]

noun

  1. the use of more words than are necessary to express an idea; redundancy.
  2. an instance of this, as free gift or true fact.
  3. a redundant word or expression.


pleonasm

/ ˈpliːəˌnæzəm /

noun

  1. the use of more words than necessary or an instance of this, such as a tiny little child
  2. a word or phrase that is superfluous


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Derived Forms

  • ˌpleoˈnastic, adjective
  • ˌpleoˈnastically, adverb
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Other Words From

  • pleo·nastic adjective
  • pleo·nasti·cal·ly adverb
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Word History and Origins

Origin of pleonasm1

First recorded in 1580–90; from Late Latin pleonasmus, from Greek pleonasmós “redundancy, surplus,” derivative of pleonázein “to be or have more than enough,” itself derivative of pleíōn “more”; pleo-
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Word History and Origins

Origin of pleonasm1

C16: from Latin pleonasmus, from Greek pleonasmos excess, from pleonazein to be redundant
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Example Sentences

Redundancy or pleonasm is the use of more words than are necessary to express the thought clearly.

The preceding examples illustrate an apparent paradox, viz., the fact of pleonasm and ellipsis being closely allied.

Accompany her among her female friends and female enemies (if that is no pleonasm), and look at her!

We have spoken of "true worship;" the expression is a pleonasm.

The pleonasm is explained by the divergence of French and ME.

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