- 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.
Origin of pleonasm
Examples from the Web for pleonastic
"The universal opinion of all men" is a pleonastic expression often heard.The Verbalist
Thomas Embly Osmun, (AKA Alfred Ayres)
Soke means jurisdiction and sake and soke is but a pleonastic phrase, which means no more than soke.Domesday Book and Beyond
Frederic William Maitland
This pleonastic use of a conjunction with the relative is common among illiterate writers and speakers to-day.History of the Plague in London
My banks, they are furnished,—the most straitest sect,—these are pleonastic expressions.A Handbook of the English Language
Robert Gordon Latham
This very phrase held to service, standing alone, is the pleonastic definition of Slavery itself.Charles Sumner; His Complete Works, Volume XI (of 20)
- 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
Word Origin and History for pleonastic
"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-).
- An excess in the number or size of parts.