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.

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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 And the repetitious scenery of Day 1 soon faded into the past. Rosemary Mcclure, Los Angeles Times, "Ride the Rocky Mountaineer and be amazed at the spectacular mountain ranges. And then there’s Sasquatch," 17 Aug. 2019 Circling back in time (the memoir is repetitious, often purposely so), Valentine re-examines her childhood, remembering her father’s emotional absences, her mother’s anger. Julia M. Klein,, "'When I Was White’: Sarah Valentine’s memoir considers the meaning of racial identity," 14 Aug. 2019 Instead of a repetitious tossing of Pokéballs, each Trace calls for a different sort of spell. Brian Barrett, WIRED, "Harry Potter: Wizards Unite," 25 June 2019 The Lincoln-Douglas debates during the Illinois Senate campaign of 1858 were tedious, long-winded, and repetitious. James Oakes, The New York Review of Books, "James Oakes," 23 May 2019 The books were plotless, littered with mind-numbing, repetitious quasi-sentences. I-huei Go, The New Yorker, "How Dr. Seuss Changed Education in America," 5 June 2019 Furtwängler’s writings as sampled here (others are better) are repetitious—and so, alas, is Mr. Allen’s commentary. Joseph Horowitz, WSJ, "‘Wilhelm Furtwängler’ Review: Apostle of Inwardness," 3 Aug. 2018

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First Known Use of repetitious

1673, in the meaning defined above

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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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