rep·​e·​ti·​tious | \ ˌre-pə-ˈti-shəs How to pronounce repetitious (audio) \

Definition of repetitious

: characterized or marked by repetition especially : tediously repeating

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Other Words from repetitious

repetitiously adverb
repetitiousness noun

Examples of repetitious in a Sentence

He was bored by the repetitious work. Her writing can be repetitious.
Recent Examples on the Web The Big Boys follow the repetitious outrages on social media. Armond White, National Review, "Saturday Night Live and Its Mean-Spirited Players," 4 Nov. 2020 That which drags on or is repetitious will soon be abandoned., "Horoscope," 21 Apr. 2020 Our job is to make them as different from one another as possible so that that part of it doesn’t feel repetitious. Dalton Ross,, "The Walking Dead: World Beyond," 7 Jan. 2020 Unfortunately, with an unusually stodgy format and dialogue that either dishes up facts or broods — in blunt and repetitious fashion, about the elusiveness of truth — the play is frequently tedious and exasperating. Celia Wren, Washington Post, "At Theater J, Albee’s ‘Occupant’ takes a lifeless look at the life of Louise Nevelson," 16 Nov. 2019 Though one of the most popular composers on the planet, Glass has been a hard sell to the classical-music establishment, and some still willfully dismiss his work as the repetitious gimmickry of a lightweight. Washington Post, "A new leader and new sounds at the Met: Philip Glass’s striking ‘Akhnaten’," 17 Nov. 2019 Its repetitious address chimes with its subject’s views on geography and belonging. The Economist, "A Kurt Vonnegut museum opens in Indianapolis," 14 Nov. 2019 What followed was a mostly inviting, occasionally repetitious opus that featured film footage of Mitchell, a former Chicagoan, improvising on flute and other instruments. Howard Reich,, "Reviews: Jazz Institute’s 50th; Grant Park Orchestra’s ‘Missa Solemnis’; ‘Flower of Hawaii’," 30 June 2019 The subtypes marked by repetitious negative thoughts and anhedonia are rooted in the default mode and reward circuits, whereas others involve circuits that respond to threat or help the brain maintain focus. Emily Underwood, Science | AAAS, "Brain scans could help personalize treatment for people who are depressed or suicidal," 20 Aug. 2019

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First Known Use of repetitious

1673, in the meaning defined above

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“Repetitious.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 24 Nov. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of repetitious

: having parts, actions, etc., that are repeated many times in a way that is boring or unpleasant : having too much repetition

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