verbalism

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noun ver·bal·ism \ ˈvər-bə-ˌli-zəm \

Definition of verbalism

1 a :a verbal expression :term
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 a :a wordy expression of little meaning

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

Origin and Etymology of verbalism



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