ver·​bal·​ism | \ˈvər-bə-ˌli-zəm \

Definition of verbalism 

1a : a verbal expression : term

b : phrasing, wording

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

3a : a wordy expression of little meaning

b : verbosity

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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

First Known Use of verbalism

1787, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

History and Etymology for verbalism

verbal entry 1 + -ism

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The first known use of verbalism was in 1787

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