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tautology +‎ -ist


tautologist (plural tautologists)

  1. One who makes tautologies.
    • 1996, Syed Manzoorul Islam, The Ethics of Travel: From Marco Polo to Kafka, page 28:
      His is the pseudo-movement, where the doubling simply mimics the routine of a tautologist, of a monologist, and of a Hegelian dialectician.
    • 1995, Philip Collins, Charles Dickens: The Critical Heritage, page 579:
      Nature isn't such a tautologist as to make another to follow him.
    • 1886, Alexander Melville Bell, Essays and Postscripts on Elocution, page 162:
      When his action is mechanically good he produces a great effect on an uncritical assembly, but he is a tiresome tautologist to the intellectual.
    • 1870, Victor Hugo, The Destroyer of the Second Republic: Being Napoleon the Little, page 302:
      Do you think that God is a tautologist? Let us have faith! Let us say something positive. Irony of itself is the beginning of baseness.
    • 1797, John Bell, Bell's British Theatre: Consisting of the Most Esteemed English Plays, page 19:
      Oh, that damn'd tautologist too!