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EnglishEdit

EtymologyEdit

From French verbiage.

PronunciationEdit

NounEdit

verbiage (countable and uncountable, plural verbiages)

  1. Overabundance of words.
  2. The manner in which something is expressed in words.
    • 1846, Margaret Thornley, The True End of Education and the Means Adapted to It
      The comparison of coincidences in the verbiage of different languages, and affinity of etymological formation, are interesting subjects of philological investigation.
    • George Patton
      Use concise military verbiage.

Usage notesEdit

Because of the pejorative connotation of the primary definition of verbiage it is preferred to use diction, phrasing, etc. to describe the manner in which something is expressed in words.

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FrenchEdit

EtymologyEdit

From Middle French verbier + -age.

PronunciationEdit

NounEdit

verbiage m (countable and uncountable, plural verbiages)

  1. verbiage

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