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

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pleonasm
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Wallace refers to the Irish philosopher George Berkeley, whom he describes as "[...] a world-class pleonast [...]"

the OED definition follows

—p.64 Consider Berkeley & Co.: Reading "Westward the Course of Empire Takes its Way" (62) by Philip Coleman
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3 years, 3 months ago


Unfortunately, this pleonasm of intentions muffles both word and musi

—p.190 The Bourgeois Art of Song (190) by Roland Barthes
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3 years, 3 months ago


Christian Socialism' is pleonastic: nowadays you cannot hope for the fraternity which the Gospels preach without hoping that democratic governments will redistribute money and opportunity in a way that the market never will.

finally remembered the meaning of this word

—p.205 Failed Prophecies, Glorious Hopes (201) by Richard M. Rorty
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2 years, 12 months ago

Many of my fellow philosophers use the term 'postmodernist relativism' as if it were a pleonasm

—p.276 Afterword (262) by Richard M. Rorty
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2 years, 12 months ago


ease up on academic pleonasms, e.g., "employ" vs. "use", "explicate" vs. "explain",

this just felt like the author jerking off about feedback he had gotten

—p.77 by Tony Tulathimutte
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3 years, 1 month ago