tautologia tautologia
 taut-a-lo'-gi-a from Gk. tauto, "the same" and logos, "saying"
inutilis repelicio eiusdem
figure of self saying

The repetition of the same idea in different words, but (often) in a way that is wearisome or unnecessary.
  Note: Not to be confused with the logical notion of tautology.
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  Sources: Sherry (1550) 33 ("tautologia," "inutilis repelicio eiusdem"); Peacham (1577) F3r

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