verbiage

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From French verbiage.

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Noun[edit]

verbiage (countable and uncountable, plural verbiages)

  1. Overabundance of words.
  2. The manner in which something is expressed in words.
    • 1846, Margaret Thornley, The True End of Education and the Means Adapted to It
      The comparison of coincidences in the verbiage of different languages, and affinity of etymological formation, are interesting subjects of philological investigation.
    • George Patton
      Use concise military verbiage.

Usage notes[edit]

Because of the pejorative connotation of the primary definition of verbiage it is preferred to use diction, phrasing, etc. to describe the manner in which something is expressed in words.

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French[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Middle French verbier + -age.

Pronunciation[edit]

Noun[edit]

verbiage m (countable and uncountable, plural verbiages)

  1. verbiage

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