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- adj. Of, or relating to pleonasm.
- adj. Using an excessive number of words; especially using different words having the same meaning.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- adj. Of or pertaining to pleonasm; of the nature of pleonasm; redundant.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Characterized by pleonasm or redundancy; of the nature of pleonasm; redundant.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- adj. repetition of same sense in different words
So-called pleonastic ˜ne™ in French might be thought to be an example of this.
That it is no worse than pleonastic, that is, redundant, therefore only unnecessary, can be no satisfaction to the man who would find perfection, if he may, in the words of him who was nearer the Lord than any other.
So it could be called pleonastic or tautological, but not an oxymoron.
Bertrand Russell, having not made out too well in his debate with Frederick C. Copleston, interviews Anselm who drags in Rowan as an example of something more obscure and intrinsically pleonastic than both the ontological argument and anthropic principle combined.
Martin also squeezes the word "perspicacious" into his first paragraph, and drops the dime "pleonastic" later on.
It's almost pleonastic to say the civil service resists change, just as it is to say that they're self-interested.
In the interest of full disclosure, I must here admit that I am a massive, overly enthusiastic, often proselytizing, obviously pleonastic fan of David Foster Wallace.
Expressions like “very unique” or “more unique” are supposed to be pleonastic at best, and probably just nonsense.
If (20) is true, John is easily pleased; or using a pleonastic subject, it is easy (for someone) to please John.
If every English sentence needs a grammatical subject, (18D) must be modified: either by displacing ˜John™, as in (18S); or by inserting a pleonastic subject, as in (19).