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Examples of verbiage in a Sentence
- NOT the least of the many trials inflicted upon the Boston Red Sox has been a torrent of verbiage. Surely no team in recent memory has been so scrutinized, complained about and then elegized. —Charles McGrath, New York Times Book Review, 13 Aug. 2006
- Fashionable courtiers in the Renaissance adopted the doublet. … The cotton padding of this jacket, called bombast (the source of the term for inflated verbiage), was gradually increased to give courtiers the pumped-up look. —John Tierney, New York Times, 21 Jan. 1999
- To find the height of arcane verbiage look no farther than Rule 10 of the rules governing Major League Baseball, in what is known as the Blue Book. The corresponding entry explains the waivers system—the procedures that pertain to certain player transactions—in a way that makes the Magna Carta look like part of the Jackie Collins oeuvre. —Tom Verducci, Sports Illustrated, 25 Aug. 1997
- Sure, some contract verbiage is so objectionable, it can be considered against public policy; in fact, the most arduous hold-harmless clauses would probably be thrown out of court. —Leon H. Ciesla, Plane & Pilot, March 1995
- Is word processing truly the wonder it seems or will it turn out to be but a mere exercise in verbose verbiage? —Erik Sandberg-Diment, New York Times, 26 June 1984
The editor removed some of the excess verbiage from the article.
teachers loathe the verbiage that students resort to in order to pad a paper
Recent Examples of verbiage from the Web
Chamoiseau’s descriptions of the forest — beautifully translated from French and Creole by Linda Coverdale — are exhilarating, but the old man never quite comes into focus against the background of foliage and verbiage.
Their ceremonies were vastly different, while the verbiage of their vows stayed almost identical.
The ensuing three messages, each of which used similar verbiage to the May 5 message, came from the same number.
The tasting was blind, which spared us from the daunting label verbiage.
That change to the traditional verbiage has evolved over the course of many decades, building on a service that has changed in many other ways too.
Just about the verbiage, transferring his brain from the huddle to the line of scrimmage is different than when the coach is calling it from the sidelines, everybody sees what the call is.
Justices Sonia Sotomayor and Elena Kagan came after Breyer, with just over and just under a sixth of the court's total arguments verbiage, respectively.
And per the verbiage on his own LinkedIn, he was allegedly described as having been somewhat involved with the financial part of FanCon.
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Did You Know?
Verbiage descends from Middle French verbier ("to chatter"), itself an offspring of "werbler," an Old French word meaning "to trill." The usual sense of the word implies an overabundance of possibly unnecessary words. It is similar to "wordiness," except that it stresses the superfluous words themselves more than the quality that produces them. In other words, a writer with a fondness for "verbiage" might be accused of "wordiness." Some people think the phrase "excess verbiage" is redundant, but that's not necessarily true. In the early 19th century, "verbiage" developed a second sense meaning, simply, "wording," with no suggestion of excess. This second definition has sometimes been treated as an error by people who insist that "verbiage" must always imply excessiveness, but that sense is well-established and can be considered standard.
Origin and Etymology of verbiage
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Definition of verbiage for English Language Learners
: speech or writing that contains too many words or that uses words that are more difficult than necessary
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