from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. Continual unnecessary reiteration of the same words, phrases, or ideas.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. A needless repetition of words in speaking or writing.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. Idle talk or babbling; a needless repetition of words in speaking.
Milton himself calls "the heathenish battology of multiplying words."
Vain repetitions -- tautology, battology, idle babbling over the same words again and again to no purpose, like Battus, Sub illis montibus erant, erant sub montibus illis; like that imitation of the wordiness of a fool, Eccl. x.
Wonderland of Knowledge Encyclopedia, 1965] [Use not vain repetitions, as the heathen do] See the civil battology [vain repetitions] of the heathen in their supplications: "Let the parricide be dragged: we beseech thee.