pleonasm

[ plee-uh-naz-uh m ]SEE DEFINITION OF pleonasm
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Ignorance of the true meaning of a word often leads to pleonasm.

What is pleonasm in a single sentence is ellipsis in a double one.

These are instances of pleonasm in the strictest sense of the term.

We have spoken of "true worship;" the expression is a pleonasm.

The pleonasm is explained by the divergence of French and ME.

But the above examples are arranged either by Pleonasm or by some such like artifice.

What is pleonasm in a single sentence, is ellipsis in a double one.

"He is so nervous that he is committing a pleonasm," said Felicien in an aside to Lousteau.

Nothing is gained in strength nor precision by this kind of pleonasm.

Let the word come after the gesture and there will be no pleonasm.

WORD ORIGIN

"redundancy in words," 1580s, from Late Latin pleonasmus, from Greek pleonasmos, from pleonazein "to be more than enough, to be superfluous," in grammatical use, "to add superfluously," from comb. form of pleon "more" (see pleio-).

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