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Meaning of "pleonasm" in the English dictionary

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ETYMOLOGY OF THE WORD PLEONASM

From Latin pleonasmus, from Greek pleonasmos excess, from pleonazein to be redundant.
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PRONUNCIATION OF PLEONASM

pleonasm  [ˈpliːəˌnæzəm] play
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GRAMMATICAL CATEGORY OF PLEONASM

noun
adjective
verb
adverb
pronoun
preposition
conjunction
determiner
exclamation
Pleonasm is a noun.
A noun is a type of word the meaning of which determines reality. Nouns provide the names for all things: people, objects, sensations, feelings, etc.

WHAT DOES PLEONASM MEAN IN ENGLISH?

Pleonasm

Pleonasm is the use of more words or parts of words than is necessary for clear expression: examples are black darkness, or burning fire. Such redundancy is, by traditional rhetorical criteria, a manifestation of tautology.

Definition of pleonasm in the English dictionary

The definition of pleonasm in the dictionary is the use of more words than necessary or an instance of this, such as a tiny little child. Other definition of pleonasm is a word or phrase that is superfluous.

WORDS THAT RHYME WITH PLEONASM


blepharospasm
ˈblɛfərəʊˌspæzəm
bronchospasm
ˈbrɒŋkəʊˌspæzəm
chasm
ˈkæzəm
chiasm
ˈkaɪæzəm
cytoplasm
ˈsaɪtəʊˌplæzəm
ectoplasm
ˈɛktəʊˌplæzəm
enthusiasm
ɪnˈθjuːzɪˌæzəm
fantasm
ˈfæntæzəm
iconoclasm
aɪˈkɒnəˌklæzəm
laryngospasm
ləˈrɪŋɡəʊˌspæzəm
neoplasm
ˈniːəʊˌplæzəm
nucleoplasm
ˈnjuːklɪəˌplæzəm
orgasm
ˈɔːɡæzəm
periplasm
ˈperɪˌplæzəm
phantasm
ˈfæntæzəm
plasm
ˈplæzəm
protoplasm
ˈprəʊtəˌplæzəm
sarcasm
ˈsɑːkæzəm
spasm
ˈspæzəm
vasospasm
ˈveɪzəʊˌspæzəm

WORDS THAT BEGIN LIKE PLEONASM

plenum
plenum system
pleochroic
pleochroism
pleomorphic
pleomorphism
pleomorphous
pleomorphy
pleon
pleonal
pleonast
pleonaste
pleonastic
pleonastical
pleonastically
pleonectic
pleonexia
pleopod
plerion
plerocercoid

WORDS THAT END LIKE PLEONASM

archiplasm
archoplasm
autoschediasm
axoplasm
bioplasm
cataclasm
cataplasm
chiliasm
deuteroplasm
endoplasm
germ plasm
idioplasm
isochasm
nerdgasm
overenthusiasm
plateasm
sarcoplasm
somatoplasm
trophoplasm
wasm

Synonyms and antonyms of pleonasm in the English dictionary of synonyms

SYNONYMS

SYNONYMS OF «PLEONASM»

The following words have a similar or identical meaning as «pleonasm» and belong to the same grammatical category.
synonyms of pleonasm

Translation of «pleonasm» into 25 languages

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TRANSLATION OF PLEONASM

Find out the translation of pleonasm to 25 languages with our English multilingual translator.
The translations of pleonasm from English to other languages presented in this section have been obtained through automatic statistical translation; where the essential translation unit is the word «pleonasm» in English.

Translator English - Chinese

pleonasm
1,325 millions of speakers

Translator English - Spanish

pleonasmo
570 millions of speakers

English

pleonasm
510 millions of speakers

Translator English - Hindi

pleonasm
380 millions of speakers
ar

Translator English - Arabic

حشو
280 millions of speakers

Translator English - Russian

плеоназмом
278 millions of speakers

Translator English - Portuguese

pleonasmo
270 millions of speakers

Translator English - Bengali

অধিকপদতা
260 millions of speakers

Translator English - French

pléonasme
220 millions of speakers

Translator English - Malay

Pleonasm
190 millions of speakers

Translator English - German

Pleonasmus
180 millions of speakers

Translator English - Japanese

冗語法
130 millions of speakers

Translator English - Korean

용장
85 millions of speakers

Translator English - Javanese

Pleonasm
85 millions of speakers
vi

Translator English - Vietnamese

tính chất thừa
80 millions of speakers

Translator English - Tamil

கருத்தை எடுத்துரைக்க தேவைக்கு மீறிய சொற்களைப் பயன்படுத்துதல்
75 millions of speakers

Translator English - Marathi

युक्तिवाद
75 millions of speakers

Translator English - Turkish

lafı uzatma
70 millions of speakers

Translator English - Italian

pleonasmo
65 millions of speakers

Translator English - Polish

pleonazmem
50 millions of speakers

Translator English - Ukrainian

плеоназм
40 millions of speakers

Translator English - Romanian

pleonasm
30 millions of speakers
el

Translator English - Greek

πλεονασμός
15 millions of speakers
af

Translator English - Afrikaans

pleonasme
14 millions of speakers
sv

Translator English - Swedish

pleonasm
10 millions of speakers
no

Translator English - Norwegian

pleonasm
5 millions of speakers

Trends of use of pleonasm

TRENDS

TENDENCIES OF USE OF THE TERM «PLEONASM»

The term «pleonasm» is normally little used and occupies the 116.044 position in our list of most widely used terms in the English dictionary.
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FREQUENCY OF USE OF THE TERM «PLEONASM» OVER TIME

The graph expresses the annual evolution of the frequency of use of the word «pleonasm» during the past 500 years. Its implementation is based on analysing how often the term «pleonasm» appears in digitalised printed sources in English between the year 1500 and the present day.

Examples of use in the English literature, quotes and news about pleonasm

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10 ENGLISH BOOKS RELATING TO «PLEONASM»

Discover the use of pleonasm in the following bibliographical selection. Books relating to pleonasm and brief extracts from same to provide context of its use in English literature.
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A Dictionary of Literary Devices: Gradus, A-Z
Pleonasm of chapters by Roman numerals (I, H ...), paragraphs by Arabic numerals (§1, §2 ...), points covered by letters (A, B ...), and other divisions by smaller or less bold letters and numerals. Harmony of proportion in architecture or in a ...
Bernard Marie Dupriez, Albert W. Halsall, 1991
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Another Reformation: Postliberal Christianity and the Jews
Pleonasm as measure of religious practice, and analogy as measure of religious reasoning “Pleonasm” offers norms for measuring its claims. In this section I argue that the character of these norms and the way Milbank presents them are ...
Peter Ochs, 2011
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Edgar Allan Poe: Rhetoric and Style
Type: repetition: letters, syllables, and sounds PLEONASM (pleonasmus) : the repetition of an idea through words or phrases (often parallel) that mean the same thing. For examples of pleonasm, see under "doublets" and tautologia.
Brett Zimmerman, 2005
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Interpreting the Bible
Figures Involving Fullness Of Thought Pleonasm In pleonasm the writer repeats an idea which has already been expressed simply because he has the habit of repeating. Pleonasm is rarely seen by the English reader because the translators  ...
A. Berkeley Mickelsen, 1972
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Traditional Inuit Songs from the Thule Area
C sentences have in the Suffix part an obligatory use of a t motif or a ct motif followed by a pleonasm. 91 of the 103 drum-songs of Form Type D have in the Suffix of the C sentence versions - often simple versions - of a t motif plus a pleonasm; ...
Michael Hauser, 2010
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English Grammmar: A Simple, Concise, and Comprehensive ...
He should be written him, and then him, as an emphatic repetition, is placed in apposition with him, at the close of the sentence. 9. ' Such like.' Like is a pleonasm, and should be excluded — present usage disallows it. 10. ' The which. ' Col. 3.
Rufus William Bailey, 1855
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A Critical Grammar of the Hebrew Language
Ex. 32 : 32. Judg. 6 : 36. Pleonasm. § 1115. Pleonasm, the opposite of ellipsis, is a figure which results from the writer's desire to give force to his statement by being exceed, ingly perspicuous. It is of very common occurrence in Hebrew as well ...
Isaac Nordheimer, 1841
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A Treatise on the Grammar of New Testament Greek ... ...
REDUNDANT sTRucToRE: PLEONASM (REDUNDANCE 1), DIFFUSENESS. 1. Pleonasm 2 is the opposite of ellipsis, as superfluity is the opposite of deficiency. Hence pleonasm would naturally consist in the use of a word the notion of which  ...
Georg Benedikt Winer, William Fiddian MOULTON (the Elder.), 1870
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The French Orthologer; Or, Complete Course of Theory and ...
PLEONASM. Pleonasm signifies superabundance. Thus, there is pleonasm when a sentence contains one or several words useless as to construction, but necessary to add to the olearness or to the strength of the expresslon. Pleonasm may ...
L. A. J. Mordacque, 1844
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A treatise on the grammar of New Testament Greek: regarded ...
RKDUNDANT STRUCTURE: PLEONASM (REDUNDANCE l), DD7FUSENESS. 1. Pleonasm2 is the opposite of ellipsis , as superfluity is the opposite of deficiency. Hence pleonasm would naturally consist in the use of a word the notion of ...
Johann Georg Benedict Winer, 1870

10 NEWS ITEMS WHICH INCLUDE THE TERM «PLEONASM»

Find out what the national and international press are talking about and how the term pleonasm is used in the context of the following news items.
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SPECIAL REPORT: Whisky label designs
The mention of 100% in front of 'Scotch Whisky' actually is a pleonasm, but sometimes blenders came up with the craziest expressions and ... «The Drinks Report, Jul 15»
2
Academic centres turn on Western civilisation
The first point to make, as noted by Pierre Ryckmans in his 1996 ABC Boyer Lectures, is that “multiculturalism is a pleonasm and a tautology”. «The Australian, Jul 15»
3
Christodoulos Panayiotou on His Cyprus Pavilion in Venice
I had listened to that specific recording innumerable times, but that was the first time I grasped this augmented pleonasm projected to the ... «BLOUIN ARTINFO, Jul 15»
4
The All-volunteer Military: Too Much From Too Few
The worst of neologisms might be the so-called “war on terror,” a pleonasm that misfires on three counts. America has been agnostic since ... «American Thinker, Jun 15»
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Book review: Amir Tag Elsir's Telepathy is entertaining but let down …
And who would allow the pleonasm in the sentence “I didn't reply and quickly shot outside”? Similarly redundant constructions (“Shaken, I tried ... «The National, Jun 15»
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As a grammarian contrarian, I love opposites. But what about …
... involving the word oxymoron, such as oxymoronic pleonasm or pleonastic oxymoron (a pleonasm is a linguistic redundancy like burning fire). «The Guardian, May 15»
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Floating forms surface in 'giddy' new exhibit
Arredondo, who holds a master's of fine arts degree from the University of Texas at San Antonio, has called the exhibition “Pleonasm,” which ... «San Antonio Express-News, May 15»
8
ICC could step in if SA stalls over xenophobia
However, stupid racist comments (a pleonasm perhaps) may amount to hate speech if they constitute incitement to cause harm, in which case ... «Mail & Guardian Online, Apr 15»
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Is poetry dying?
In Hey Mahajiban, Sukanta writes, “No one needs the soft bower of poetic pleonasm/ Poetry, I now bid you adieu/ The hungry world is decked ... «The Daily Star, Apr 15»
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Careful scrutiny of pleonasms & redundant phrases
Pleonasm (/ˈpliːənæzəm/, from Greek πλεονασμός pleonasmos from πλέον pleon “more, too much”) is the use of more words or parts of ... «Albany Times Union, Mar 15»

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« EDUCALINGO. Pleonasm [online]. Available <https://educalingo.com/en/dic-en/pleonasm>. Jul 2019 ».
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