the state or quality of being unnecessarily or tediously wordy; verbosity: The book offers food for thought but, for all its prolixity, fails to effectively explain what is at the core of irony as a rhetorical strategy.
a tendency to speak or write at great or tedious length:As a communicator, the official suffers from a lethal mix of ailments: terminal prolixity, rampant hyperbole, and a preference for bureaucratic jargon.
- Rarely pro·lix·ness [proh-liks-nis] /proʊˈlɪks nɪs/ .
- o·ver·pro·lix·i·ty, noun
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How to use prolixity in a sentence
If I selected lucid and simple extracts, they would give no idea of the intricacy and prolixity of Duns.The Mediaeval Mind (Volume II of II) | Henry Osborn Taylor
Mrs. G. is extremely satisfied with my diligence and prolixity; but seems to wish that we would settle her account with Gilbert.Private Letters of Edward Gibbon (1753-1794) Volume 1 (of 2) | Edward Gibbon
Soundings and courses and distances, are detailed with the tedious prolixity, and probably, with the uncertainty of the era.The Indian in his Wigwam | Henry R. Schoolcraft
Her patriotism knew no bounds, and her prolixity was much on the same scale.The Works of Robert Louis Stevenson - Swanston Edition Vol. XXII (of 25) | Robert Louis Stevenson
Grotius's great attention was to avoid prolixity and confusion in his pleadings.The Life of the Truly Eminent and Learned Hugo Grotius | Jean Lvesque de Burigny