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pleonasm

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noun ple·o·nasm \ˈplē-ə-ˌna-zəm\

Definition of pleonasm

  1. 1 :  the use of more words than those necessary to denote mere sense (as in the man he said) :  redundancy

  2. 2 :  an instance or example of pleonasm

ple·o·nas·tic play \ˌplē-ə-ˈnas-tik\ adjective
ple·o·nas·ti·cal·ly play \-ti-k(ə-)lē\ adverb


Origin of pleonasm

Late Latin pleonasmus, from Greek pleonasmos, from pleonazein to be excessive, from pleiōn, pleōn more — more at plus


First Known Use: 1610


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