verbalism

noun
ver·​bal·​ism | \ ˈvər-bə-ˌli-zəm How to pronounce verbalism (audio) \

Definition of verbalism

1a : 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
3a : a wordy expression of little meaning
b : verbosity

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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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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Cite this Entry

“Verbalism.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/verbalism. Accessed 26 May. 2022.

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