verbalism

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noun ver·bal·ism \ˈvər-bə-ˌli-zəm\

Definition of verbalism

  1. 1 a :  a verbal expression :  term b :  phrasing, wording

  2. 2 :  words used as if they were more important than the realities they represent <the emancipation of science from verbalism — G. A. L. Sarton>

  3. 3 a :  a wordy expression of little meaning b :  verbosity

Examples of verbalism in a sentence

  1. <the meticulous verbalism of the senator's prepared statement suggests that she knew that it would spark controversy>

  2. <prose that is lean, uncluttered, and utterly devoid of any trace of verbalism>

1787

First Known Use of verbalism

1787


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