perissologia perissologia
 per-is-so-lo'-gi-a from Gk. perissos, "redundant" and logos, "speech"
sermo superfluus

In general, the fault of wordiness. More specifically, periphrasis, circumlocution, synonymia, accumulatio, or amplification carried to a fault by length or overelaborateness.


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Sources: Isidore 1.34.7; Sherry (1550) 32 ("perissologia," "sermo superfluus"); Peacham (1577) F2v

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