[ plee-uh-naz-uhm ]
/ ˈpli əˌnæz əm /
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the use of more words than are necessary to express an idea; redundancy.
an instance of this, as free gift or true fact.
a redundant word or expression.



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Origin of pleonasm

1580–90; <Late Latin pleonasmus<Greek pleonasmós redundancy, surplus, derivative of pleonázein to be or have more than enough, itself derivative of pleíōn more (see pleo-)
ple·o·nas·tic, adjectiveple·o·nas·ti·cal·ly, adverb
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British Dictionary definitions for pleonasm

/ (ˈpliːəˌnæzəm) /

noun rhetoric

the use of more words than necessary or an instance of this, such as a tiny little child
a word or phrase that is superfluous
pleonastic, adjectivepleonastically, adverb
C16: from Latin pleonasmus, from Greek pleonasmos excess, from pleonazein to be redundant
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Medical definitions for pleonasm

[ plēə-năz′əm ]


An excess in the number or size of parts.
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