Origin of pleonasm
Examples from the Web for pleonasm
We have had pleonasm without fullness, and facility without force.Coelebs In Search of a Wife|Hannah More
Let the word come after the gesture and there will be no pleonasm.Delsarte System of Oratory|Various
Redundancy or pleonasm is the use of more words than are necessary to express the thought clearly.The Verbalist|Thomas Embly Osmun, (AKA Alfred Ayres)
To lean is a neuter verb, and 'seizing on' is not properly to be called a pleonasm, merely because it is—nothing at all.
Nothing is gained in strength nor precision by this kind of pleonasm.Write It Right|Ambrose Bierce
British Dictionary definitions for pleonasm
Word Origin for pleonasm
Word Origin and History for pleonasm
"redundancy in words," 1580s, from Late Latin pleonasmus, from Greek pleonasmos, from pleonazein "to be more than enough, to be superfluous," in grammatical use, "to add superfluously," from comb. form of pleon "more" (see pleio-).