Meaning of PLEONASM in English

PLEONASM

transcription, транскрипция: [ ˈplē-ə-ˌna-zəm ]

noun

Etymology: Late Latin pleonasmus, from Greek pleonasmos, from pleonazein to be excessive, from pleiōn, pleōn more — more at plus

Date: 1610

1. : the use of more words than those necessary to denote mere sense (as in the man he said ) : redundancy

2. : an instance or example of pleonasm

• ple·o·nas·tic ˌplē-ə-ˈnas-tik adjective

• ple·o·nas·ti·cal·ly -ti-k(ə-)lē adverb

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