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.
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How to use verbalism in a sentence
Bad verbalism is rhetoric, or the use of clich unconsciously, or a mere playing with phrases.Instigations | Ezra Pound
Here we are, then, in the realm of pure verbalism—in the ideal region of signs.Decadence and Other Essays on the Culture of Ideas | Remy de Gourmont
We may surround the subject with a vague and attractive idealistic verbalism, but we come back to this as a starting point.Theism or Atheism | Chapman Cohen
This 'science,' therefore, finally reduces to mere verbalism, distracted by inconsistent relapses into 'psychology.'Pragmatism | D.L. Murray
But there is good verbalism, distinct from lyricism or imagism, and in this Laforgue is a master.Instigations | Ezra Pound
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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