[ vur-buh-liz-uhm ]
/ ˈvɜr bəˌlɪz əm /


a verbal expression, as a word or phrase.
the way in which something is worded; choice of words; phrasing.
a phrase or sentence having little or no meaning.
a use of words considered as predominating over or obscuring ideas or reality; verbiage.

Origin of verbalism

First recorded in 1780–90; verbal + -ism Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2020

Example sentences from the Web for verbalism

  • Verbalism demands a set form used with irreproachable skill.

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British Dictionary definitions for verbalism

/ (ˈvɜːbəˌlɪzəm) /


a verbal expression; phrase or word
an exaggerated emphasis on the importance of words by the uncritical acceptance of assertions in place of explanations, the use of rhetorical style, etc
a statement lacking real content, esp a cliché
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