Word of the Day – Pleonasm

By June 18, 2017Word of the Day

Pleonasm (noun)

plee-o-naz-m

The use of more words than are necessary to convey meaning (e.g. see with one’s eyes), either as a fault of style or for emphasis.

Mid 16th century: via late Latin from Greek pleonasmos, from pleonazein ‘be superfluous’.

Example sentences

“For all her pleonasm, for all her longwinded babbling, there’s much I still don’t know”

Word of the Day – Abreption

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Abreption (noun) (rare)

a-brep-shun

To snatch something away, an instance of complete separation and removal.

Mid 16th century. From post-classical Latin abreption-, abreptio action of snatching away (636 in Isidore; also in an undated inscription) from classical Latin abrept-, past participial stem of abripere + -iō.

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Word of the Day – Grandiloquent

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Grandiloquent (adj)

gran-di-lo-kwent

Pompous or extravagant in language, style, or manner, especially in a way that is intended to impress.

Late 16th century: from Latin grandiloquus, literally ‘grand-speaking’, from grandis ‘grand’ + loqui ‘speak’. The ending was altered in English by association with eloquent.

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