[rep-i-tish-uh s]
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Origin of repetitious

1665–75; < Latin repetīt(us) (past participle of repetere to repeat) + -ious
Related formsrep·e·ti·tious·ly, adverbrep·e·ti·tious·nes, nounnon·rep·e·ti·tious, adjectivenon·rep·e·ti·tious·ly, adverbnon·rep·e·ti·tious·ness, nounun·rep·e·ti·tious, adjectiveun·rep·e·ti·tious·ly, adverbun·rep·e·ti·tious·ness, noun
Can be confusedrepetitious repetitive Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

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  1. characterized by unnecessary repetition
Derived Formsrepetitiously, adverbrepetitiousness, noun
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Word Origin and History for repetitious

"employing repetition," often with suggestions of tiresomeness, 1670s, from Latin repetit-, past participle stem of repetere "do or say again" (see repeat (v.)) + -ous. Related: Repetitiously; repetitiousness.

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