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synonyms for pleonasm

  • circumlocution
  • copiousness
  • diffuseness
  • diffusion
  • garrulity
  • logorrhea
  • long-windedness
  • loquaciousness
  • loquacity
  • prolixity
  • redundance
  • redundancy
  • repetition
  • rhetoric
  • tautology
  • verbiage
  • verboseness
  • verbosity
  • windiness
  • wordage
See also synonyms for: pleonastic

antonyms for pleonasm

MOST RELEVANT
  • conciseness
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How to use pleonasm in a sentence

Redundancy or pleonasm is the use of more words than are necessary to express the thought clearly.
THE VERBALISTTHOMAS EMBLY OSMUN, (AKA ALFRED AYRES)
The preceding examples illustrate an apparent paradox, viz., the fact of pleonasm and ellipsis being closely allied.
A HANDBOOK OF THE ENGLISH LANGUAGEROBERT GORDON LATHAM
Accompany her among her female friends and female enemies (if that is no pleonasm), and look at her!
TRANSLATIONS FROM THE GERMAN (VOL 3 OF 3)THOMAS CARLYLE
We have spoken of "true worship;" the expression is a pleonasm.
THE ARTICLES OF FAITHJAMES E. TALMAGE
The pleonasm is explained by the divergence of French and ME.
FOURTEENTH CENTURY VERSE & PROSEVARIOUS
But the above examples are arranged either by Pleonasm or by some such like artifice.
ESSAYS AND MISCELLANIESPLUTARCH
What is pleonasm in a single sentence, is ellipsis in a double one.
THE ENGLISH LANGUAGEROBERT GORDON LATHAM
The fact of the word he neither qualifying nor explaining the word king, distinguishes pleonasm from apposition.
THE ENGLISH LANGUAGEROBERT GORDON LATHAM
"I saw it with my eyes" is a pleonasm; "all the members agreed unanimously" is tautology.
ENGLISH SYNONYMS AND ANTONYMSJAMES CHAMPLIN FERNALD
To lean is a neuter verb, and 'seizing on' is not properly to be called a pleonasm, merely because it is—nothing at all.
INTERNATIONAL WEEKLY MISCELLANY, VOL. I, NO. 6VARIOUS
SYNONYM OF THE DAY
OCTOBER 26, 1985
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WORDS RELATED TO PLEONASM

  • beating around the bush
  • circumambages
  • diffuseness
  • discursiveness
  • euphemism
  • gassiness
  • indirectness
  • periphrase
  • periphrasis
  • pleonasm
  • prolixity
  • roundabout
  • tautology
  • verbal evasion
  • verbality
  • verbiage
  • wordiness
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