rep·​e·​ti·​tious ˌre-pə-ˈti-shəs How to pronounce repetitious (audio)
: characterized or marked by repetition
especially : tediously repeating
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 Imagining David Mamet, who knows a thing or two about telling stories exactly like this in a more satisfying 90 minutes, taking a red pen to all the repetitious dialogue in Culprits — or the text of this review — is as entertaining as the series itself. Daniel Fienberg, The Hollywood Reporter, 7 Dec. 2023 Republicans complained that the administration was offering repetitious answers on Ukraine and not answering questions about border security. Samantha-Jo Roth, Washington Examiner, 5 Dec. 2023 Most offices have a lot of work involving tasks that are simple, tedious, and repetitious. Kathy Leake, Forbes, 3 June 2022 Its scope and presentation reflect newspaper styles of that era, combining a detailed and at times repetitious report with numerous illustrations and sidebars topped with stacks of subheadlines. Times Staff, Los Angeles Times, 22 June 2023 Beck did so with the help of a personal partnership and the clever use of a single repetitious sequence that listeners can use to track the film’s distinctive hero through his score. Abbey White, The Hollywood Reporter, 9 July 2023 This becomes a repetitious spin cycle of psychedelic CG world-bending, flicking through an encyclopedic history of DC screen representation with a reverence that will have fans cheering. David Rooney, The Hollywood Reporter, 6 June 2023 Harris’s fervent argumentation sometimes feels repetitious or meandering, but conviction and research burn through the page and give coherence and urgency to a daunting subject. Federico Perelmuter, Washington Post, 9 Feb. 2023 Contextualizing the ordeals of the main character (played with impressive energy by James Norton) is wholly admirable, but the extreme length and the repetitious plot work against the play’s sensitizing mission. Peter Marks, Washington Post, 18 Apr. 2023

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Word History

First Known Use

1673, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of repetitious was in 1673

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“Repetitious.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 24 Apr. 2024.

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rep·​e·​ti·​tious ˌrep-ə-ˈtish-əs How to pronounce repetitious (audio)
: marked by repetition
especially : tiresomely repeating
repetitiously adverb
repetitiousness noun

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