ver·​bal·​ism ˈvər-bə-ˌli-zəm How to pronounce verbalism (audio)
: a verbal expression : term
: words used as if they were more important than the realities they represent
the emancipation of science from verbalismG. A. L. Sarton
: a wordy expression of little meaning

Examples of verbalism in a Sentence

the meticulous verbalism of the senator's prepared statement suggests that she knew that it would spark controversy prose that is lean, uncluttered, and utterly devoid of any trace of verbalism
Recent Examples on the Web Remaining on stage with gracious verbalism, Batiste first acknowledged the nominees. Allison Hazel, Essence, 9 June 2021

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Word History


verbal entry 1 + -ism

First Known Use

1787, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

Time Traveler
The first known use of verbalism was in 1787

Dictionary Entries Near verbalism

Cite this Entry

“Verbalism.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 25 Feb. 2024.

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