noun \ˈplē-ə-ˌna-zəm\

Definition of PLEONASM

:  the use of more words than those necessary to denote mere sense (as in the man he said) :  redundancy
:  an instance or example of pleonasm
ple·o·nas·tic \ˌplē-ə-ˈnas-tik\ adjective
ple·o·nas·ti·cal·ly \-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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