verbiage

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n verbiage the manner in which something is expressed in words "use concise military verbiage"- G.S.Patton"
    • n verbiage overabundance of words
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Verbiage The use of many words without necessity, or with little sense; a superabundance of words; verbosity; wordiness. "Verbiage may indicate observation, but not thinking.""This barren verbiage current among men."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n verbiage The use of many words without necessity; superabundance of words; wordiness; verbosity.
    • n verbiage Synonyms Verbosity, etc. See pleonasm.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • ns Verbiage abundance of words: wordiness: verbosity
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
F. verbiage, from OF. verbe, a word. See Verb
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Fr. verbe—L. verbum.

Usage

In literature:

And that, in a sentence is the whole history of religion, once we have cleared away the verbiage with which the subject is surrounded.
"Theism or Atheism" by Chapman Cohen
I wondered if an up-springing sense of courtesy persuaded you to refrain from hooting at such elegant verbiage.
"Beatrice Leigh at College" by Julia Augusta Schwartz
That utterance of the verbiage of love is a disagreeable task for a gentleman of his years.
"The Bertrams" by Anthony Trollope
All I can do is to write you these letters, which are surely devoid of all legal verbiage, because I don't know any.
"Peking Dust" by Ellen N. La Motte
Political verbiage and good living had an enervating effect on his morality.
"Sentimental Education, Volume II" by Gustave Flaubert
Not only your verbiage but your sentiment is thus egotistic throughout!
"Americanism Contrasted with Foreignism, Romanism, and Bogus Democracy in the Light of Reason, History, and Scripture;" by William Gannaway Brownlow
Its nature invites the orator to a great range of talk; he may browse at large in all the fields of verbiage without seeming to break bounds.
"Imaginary Interviews" by W. D. Howells
They think that vain old cataract of verbiage to be infallible.
"Ireland as It Is" by Robert John Buckley (AKA R.J.B.)
It may be granted that experience has shown all this verbiage to be necessary.
"The Negro Farmer" by Carl Kelsey
His texts of renunciation are idle verbiage.
"Flowers of Freethought" by George W. Foote
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In poetry:

I twine messages in the trellis of verbiage;
worders poke answers into crevices
they can find.
So we build my wordcage, a life sentence.
"The Cell" by Raymond Queneau

In news:

Conditions at Colorado Springs, CO. Back to Legal Verbiage.
Conditions at Montrose Co. Back to Legal Verbiage.
Conditions at Augusta, Bush Field, GA. Back to Legal Verbiage.
Earlier this season, when Hank Steinbrenner suggested that right-hander Mike Mussina learn to pitch more like left-hander Jamie Moyer, most assumed it was just another example of Hank's verbiage and logic gone awry.
The meaning of the term F.O.B. Is perhaps the most misunderstood of all freight verbiage.
MOUNT VERNON — Darrel Severns of the Knox County Regional Planning Commission met with the commissioners Thursday to advise on verbiage in the RPC Floodplain Regulations.
Shorthand verbiage makes life easier for those who need to communicate quickly and precisely.
That's all the verbiage that Twits (my term for Twitterers, including myself) can handle in these days of shrinking (120 ).
Maybe they figure 132 that's all the verbiage that Twits (my term for Twitterers, including myself) can handle in these days of shrinking (120 ) attention spans.
I know you're probably expecting some words right now, since this is a Blog and all, but I'm having a really hard time formulating verbiage.
It's been said that good things come to those with patience, and we urge potential pet owners to follow that verbiage this holiday season.
Council Vice President Jim Litchkofski said after reviewing the ordinance, council members decided some of the curfew 's verbiage needed rewriting before it is ready for public review and a vote.
In less reserved American verbiage, these summer Olympics, as one writer put it, were nothing short of glorious .
The verbiage is being tossed around SIA's VP of research, Jon Osborne fields dozens of calls from suppliers asking for the "right range" for various metrics.
I think if we change the verbiage for something, it should have to stay that way for at least 20 years.
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In science:

It is a common goal in model theory to understand the functions which are definable in a given structure, either by giving an explicit characterization of the definable functions in terms of non-logical verbiage or by proving structure theorems for definable functions.
Definable Functions in Urysohn's Metric Space
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