pleonasm


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Synonyms for pleonasm

words or the use of words in excess of those needed for clarity or precision

Words related to pleonasm

using more words than necessary

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You're sure to find pleonasms with initialisms and acronyms, such as AC current, CAD design, DOS operating system and the HIV virus.
Every single major player on the internet is engaged in this questionable act while drowning unsuspecting users in legal pleonasm, before cashing in on the human tendency for the quickest exist when exhaustion takes its toll on them - in this case, rushing to click on the 'I agree' button without having a clue about what has been agreed upon.
In the first part of To the Wonder, given the opportunity to make the French-language art film one suspects has always been his ambition, and deprived of his dependence on fastidious period detail, Malick delivers postcards and pleonasm, reducing Paris to stark-treed parks, a visit to the Louvre, and strolls by the Seine, where Marina and beau attach a love padlock to a picturesque pont.
Indeed, Dewey (1916/1944) argues that "the phrase 'think for one's self' is a pleonasm.
A pleonasm can be defined as an instance of redundancy, that is, the use of more words than required to express an idea.
The poet stresses the idea of queens' eagerly coveting the object by using the pleonasm "animis" (in their hearts).
Francis considered that the fundamental principle of poverty was inherent to the mode of life of the Friars Minor, so that its mention in the first Rule he composed would seem a pleonasm.
Prolixity, grandiloquence, pleonasm, macrologia and logorrhoea.
To Barthes's ears, the word "idiorrhythmy" sounded almost like a pleonasm, since the dimension of "idios" was already prescribed in the notion of rhythm as rhuthmos, which for him meant: "interstices, fleetingness of codes, the way the subject inserts himself into the social (or natural) code.
George Pleonasm hath his slaves develop the course in chains
Hence, the term "ethnic irony" is less a "concept" in the sense defensively guarded by philosophy than the solecism called a pleonasm.
The paradoxical trope of practical constraint as both limitation and liberty is nowhere clearer than in the book's digressions, which in their wandering trajectories exemplify Burton's use of paratactic strategies such as the pleonasm and the list.
However, this would be a pleonasm, since all higher functions are cerebral.