- 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
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Related Words for verbalismstyle, diction, language, locution, phrasing, phraseology, manner, words, phrase, parlance, terminology, mode, wordage
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Verbalism demands a set form used with irreproachable skill.Instigations
- 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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