verbosity

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n verbosity an expressive style that uses excessive or empty words
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Verbosity The quality or state of being verbose; the use of more words than are necessary; prolixity; wordiness; verbiage. "The worst fault, by far, is the extreme diffuseness and verbosity of his style."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n verbosity The state or character of being verbose: employment of a superabundance of words; the use of more words than are necessary; wordiness; prolixity: said either of a speaker or writer, or of what is said or written.
    • n verbosity Synonyms Verbiage, etc. See pleonasm.
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Quotations

  • Leon Trotsky
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    “Revolutions are always verbose.”
  • Dan Quayle
    Dan%20Quayle
    “Verbosity leads to unclear, inarticulate things.”

Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
L. verbositas,: cf. F. verbosité,

Usage

In literature:

For all his verbosity, he was convincing.
"Wild Justice" by Ruth M. Sprague
Why should he be so ardent in desiring grave and verbose writers?
"Heretics" by Gilbert K. Chesterton
Few facts, and few sentiments, can be extracted from his verbose correspondence.
"The History of The Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire Volume 3" by Edward Gibbon
They exchanged excuses and caresses with oriental demonstrativeness and verbosity.
"Salammbo" by Gustave Flaubert
The Government, too, was issuing communications of vague and rhetorical verbosity.
"The Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse" by Vicente Blasco Ibanez
Let us keep our pity for the seething mass of divines who were not elegantly verbose, and had no fun or glory while they lasted.
"And Even Now" by Max Beerbohm
Lots of heart, many illusions and much verbosity.
"The Origins of Contemporary France, Volume 3 (of 6)" by Hippolyte A. Taine
He drank another bottle and began to talk verbosely.
"The Puppet Crown" by Harold MacGrath
For a man who writes in a code must perforce avoid verbosity.
"The Vultures" by Henry Seton Merriman
He was verbose and reminiscent.
"Love Among the Chickens" by P. G. Wodehouse
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In news:

To speak or write verbosely and windily.
The middle-aged man I picked up at Vendetta is in a hyperactively verbose lather and likely on coke, though meth is a distinct possibility.
The verbose creator of Two and a Half Men is known for sending zingers in his post-show vanity cards, and he's set his sights on a new target – The Bachelor/Bachelorette franchise.
Extremely Lewd & Incredibly Verbose : Rap Flicks Retrofit Two Controversial Figures.
Solving Healthcare Through Verbosity .
Verbose Meredith Vieira Shows Why Men Aren't the Only Virile Ones in News Biz.
During the Democratic primary campaign Governor Bill Clinton 's verbosity became a strange part of his "character problem".
But by the one-hour mark of this 100-minute play, verbosity overcomes all the sexy sizzle, leaving one jonesing for another hit like those provided by the earlier scenes.
Extremely Lewd & Incredibly Verbose: Rap Flicks Retrofit Two Controversial Figures.
When TMZ began reporting late this afternoon that Michael Jackson was rushed to a Los Angeles hospital suffering from cardiac arrest, the typically verbose Twittersphere was shockingly, at a loss for words.
Pristine intentions can't forestall the tedium in writer-director Marios Stilianakis' verbose and unfocused drama.
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In science:

The following proof is very verbose to prepare for the elaboration of the proof in the context of generic types.
Typed Generic Traversal With Term Rewriting Strategies
All the operations involved in the encryption/decryption procedures must be verbosely explained, and the secret key must be clearly specified along with an exact estimation of the size of the key space.
Some hints for the design of digital chaos-based cryptosystems: lessons learned from cryptanalysis
MsgLevel specifies how verbose the master–slave communication is reported on screen.
A Simple Way to Distribute Mathematica Evaluations
More verbosely, Types(L) could be called “the non-strict multi-sorted Lawvere Theory of the term algebra of L”.
Multi-Level Languages are Generalized Arrows
Coley, Dynamical Systems and Cosmology, in Series: Astrophysics and Space Science Library, Vol. 291, Springer (2004). In fact, the particular parameter-space for the existence and/or stability of this critical point is considerably involved and verbose.
Cosmological Evolution of Quintessence and Phantom with a New Type of Interaction in Dark Sector
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