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Pleonasm Definition

The use of unnecessary or superfluous words. Poets often fall into this trap when trying to pad out a metrical line e.g. the clown's song from Shakespeare's Twelfth Night.


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Other Pleonasm Definition

[n] using more words than necessary; "a tiny little child"

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verboseness, verbosity

Misc. Definitions

\Ple"o*nasm\,, n. [L. pleonasmus, Gr. ?, fr. ? to be more than enough, to abound, fr.?, neut. of ?, more, compar. of ? much. See {Full}, a., and cf. {Poly-}, {Plus}.] (Rhet.) Redundancy of language in speaking or writing; the use of more words than are necessary to express the idea; as, I saw it with my own eyes.

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