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 repetitious videos seemed to be designed for busy voters not glued to their seats in the Senate chamber. Washington Examiner Staff, Washington Examiner, "Impeachment: The law vs PR," 12 Feb. 2021 Over four successive Sundays, the network released yet another hour of its tedious and repetitious documentary, The Reagans. Alvin S. Felzenberg, National Review, "Showtime’s Pathetic Exercise in Reagan Bashing," 19 Dec. 2020 The lab doesn’t sequence the entire DNA molecule, much of which is repetitious and uninformative, but maps about a million key locations. Douglas Preston, The New Yorker, "The Skeletons at the Lake," 7 Dec. 2020 Because that character in the Richard Curtis films was a bit repetitious. Los Angeles Times, "Hugh Grant never wanted to be Hollywood’s ‘romantic Englishman.’ So he gave it up," 27 Nov. 2020 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

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First Known Use of repetitious

1673, in the meaning defined above

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“Repetitious.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 21 Apr. 2021.

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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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