Definitions

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.

Etymologies

From Ancient Greek βαττολογία (battologia, "stammering speech"). (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • Milton himself calls "the heathenish battology of multiplying words."

    Milton

  • 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.

    Commentary on the Whole Bible Volume V (Matthew to John)

  • 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.

    From the Talmud and Hebraica

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  • ...and believe in him by vertue of old fermons, vvhich they haue heard of this matter before, vvat needeth this Battologic? this idle repetition of one and the felf fame thing, this cafting of water into the sea, this bringing of a fevv fticks into the maine vvood? - William Reynolds, 1593

    July 10, 2010

  • JM knows of battologists who think so highly of battology that they battologise battologically.

    March 8, 2009

  • A needless repetition of words in speaking or writing.

    May 12, 2008