[vur-buh-liz-uh m]


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.

Nearby words

  1. verbal,
  2. verbal adjective,
  3. verbal auxiliary,
  4. verbal irony,
  5. verbal noun,
  6. verbalist,
  7. verbality,
  8. verbalize,
  9. verbally,
  10. verbascum

Origin of verbalism

First recorded in 1780–90; verbal + -ism Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for verbalism

  • Verbalism demands a set form used with irreproachable skill.

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British Dictionary definitions for verbalism



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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