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psittacism

[ sit-uh-siz-uhm ]
/ ˈsɪt əˌsɪz əm /
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noun
mechanical, repetitive, and meaningless speech.
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Origin of psittacism

1895–1900; <Latin psittac(us) parrot (see psittacosis) + -ism

OTHER WORDS FROM psittacism

psit·ta·cis·tic, adjective

Words nearby psittacism

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