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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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 Why are characters always going in circles, whether physical (jogging astronaut) or metaphorical (repetitious ape routines)? Peter Opaskar, Ars Technica, "2001 in 70mm: Pod bay doors look better than ever, still won’t open," 21 July 2018 And the radio's repetitious selection doesn't allow for the discovery of new songs either. Amanda Greene, Woman's Day, "3 Sites for…Music Playlists," 31 Aug. 2010 The result is tedious and makes this short play feel very long and repetitious. Toby Zinman,, "'Red Bike' by Simpatico Theatre: Dreary outlook, tedious play," 11 June 2018 Its detriments range from inefficient land use, to environmental damage from reliance on automobiles, to dull and repetitious housing stock. Anthony Alofsin, The Atlantic, "A Defense of the Suburbs," 6 June 2018 Everybody Knows poses a moral question that has too easy and inevitable an answer—all of the film’s repetitious angst is ultimately in service of a fairly simple point. Richard Lawson, HWD, "Penélope Cruz and Javier Bardem Kick Off Cannes with Gloomy Melodrama," 9 May 2018 Mood enhancement theory explains how a single item can boost someone’s mood, while repetitious wardrobe complex explains the psychology behind wearing the same thing over and over. Sarah Spellings, The Cut, "Everybody Wants to Know What a Fashion Psychologist Thinks," 20 Apr. 2018 Traditionally, autism was diagnosed only in kids with severe language and social impairments and unusual, repetitious behaviors. Mike Stobbe,, "More kids have autism, better diagnosis may be the reason," 26 Apr. 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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