is a term meaning ‘the use of more words than are necessary to give the sense’. An example in ordinary (as distinct from literary) usage is to see with one's eyes.

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  • Pleonasm — is the use of more words (or even word parts) than necessary to express an idea clearly. A closely related concept is rhetorical tautology, in which essentially the same thing is said more than once in different words (e.g black darkness , cold… …   Wikipedia

  • pleonasm — PLEONÁSM, pleonasme, s.n. Eroare de exprimare constând în folosirea alăturată a unor cuvinte, construcţii, propoziţii etc. cu acelaşi înţeles. [pr.: ple o ] – Din fr. pléonasme. Trimis de oprocopiuc, 12.11.2007. Sursa: DEX 98  PLEONÁSM s. (lingv …   Dicționar Român

  • Pleonasm — 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 …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • pleonasm — index redundancy, tautology Burton s Legal Thesaurus. William C. Burton. 2006 …   Law dictionary

  • pleonasm — redundancy in words, 1580s, from L.L. pleonasmus, from Gk. pleonasmos, from pleonazein to be more than enough, from pleon more, comp. of polys much, from PIE *ple (see POLY (Cf. poly )) …   Etymology dictionary

  • pleonasm — *verbiage, redundancy, tautology, circumlocution, periphrasis …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • pleonasm — [plē′ə naz΄əm] n. [LL pleonasmus < Gr pleonasmos < pleonazein, to be in excess < pleon, neut. of pleōn, more, compar. of polys, much: see POLY ] 1. the use of more words than are necessary for the expression of an idea; redundancy (Ex.:… …   English World dictionary

  • pleonasm — noun /ˈpliːənæzəm/ a) Redundancy in wording. My salvation is in my Saviour who saveth me hence the redundancy and pleonasm of my asseveration. b) A phrase involving pleonasm, that is, a phrase in which one or more words are redundant as their… …   Wiktionary

  • Pleonasm — An excess in the number of parts or in the size of a growth. Pleonasm comes from a Greek word (pleonasmos) meaning exaggeration or redundancy. A pleonasm in language is also a redundancy. It is the use of more words than those necessary to denote …   Medical dictionary

  • pleonasm — UK [ˈpliːəˌnæz(ə)m] / US [ˈplɪəˌnæzəm] noun [countable/uncountable] Word forms pleonasm : singular pleonasm plural pleonasms linguistics the use of more words than are necessary to say something Derived word: pleonastic UK [ˌpliːəˈnæstɪk] / US… …   English dictionary

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