pleonasm

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Etymology[edit]

Late Latin pleonasmus, from Ancient Greek πλεονασμός(pleonasmós), from πλεονάζω(pleonázō, I am superfluous), from πλείων(pleíōn, more).

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  • IPA(key): /ˈpliːənæzəm/

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pleonasm ‎(countable and uncountable, plural pleonasms)

  1. (uncountable, rhetoric) Redundancy in wording.
    • 1993, Anthony Burgess, A Dead Man in Deptford,
      My salvation is in my Saviour who saveth me hence the redundancy and pleonasm of my asseveration.
  2. (countable) A phrase involving pleonasm, that is, a phrase in which one or more words are redundant as their meaning is expressed elsewhere in the phrase.
    "The two of them are both the same" is a pleonasm (as the word "both" is redundant), as is the phrase "killed dead".

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