- the use of more words than are necessary for the expression of an idea; redundancy (Ex.: “plenty enough”)
- an instance of this
- a redundant word or expression
Origin of pleonasmLate Latin pleonasmus ; from Classical Greek pleonasmos ; from pleonazein, to be in excess ; from pleon, neuter of pleōn, more, comparative of polys, much: see poly-
- a. The use of more words than are required to express an idea; redundancy.b. An instance of pleonasm.
- A superfluous word or phrase.
Origin of pleonasmLate Latin pleonasmus, from Greek pleonasmos, from pleonazein, to be excessive, from pleōn, more; see pel&schwa;-1 in Indo-European roots.
(countable and uncountable, plural pleonasms)
- (uncountable, rhetoric) Redundancy in wording.
- (countable) A phrase involving pleonasm, that is, a phrase in which one or more words are redundant as their meaning is expressed elsewhere in the phrase.
- "The two of them are both the same" is a pleonasm (as the word "both" is redundant), as is "killed dead".
Late Latin pleonasmus, from Ancient Greek Ï€Î»ÎµÎ¿Î½Î±ÏƒÎ¼ÏŒÏ‚ (pleonasmos), from Ï€Î»ÎµÎ¿Î½Î¬Î¶Ï‰ (pleonazÅ, â€œI am superfluousâ€), from Ï€Î»ÎµÎ¯Ï‰Î½ (pleiÅn, â€œmoreâ€).