verbiage

Part of speech: noun

Use of unnecessary words. verbosity.

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Usage examples "verbiage":

  1. To modern criticism this may seem to be little better than verbiage, having, perhaps, some possibilities of poetic treatment, but certainly very unsatisfactory if regarded as science. - "A Short History of Greek Philosophy", John Marshall.
  2. Mrs. Carteret was not familiar with legal verbiage, and there were several expressions of which she did not perhaps appreciate the full effect; but a very hasty glance enabled her to ascertain the purport of the paper. - "The Marrow of Tradition", Charles W. Chesnutt.
  3. They lead us through a barren desert of verbiage to a mirage that they call life; we wander aimlessly through a very wilderness of words in search of one touch of nature. - "Reviews", Oscar Wilde.