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noun 
  1. (uncountable) redundancy, Redundancy in wording.
    • 1993, Anthony Burgess, A Dead Man in Deptford: My salvation is in my Saviour who saveth me hence the redundancy and of my asseveration.
      1. (countable) A phrase involving pleonasm, that is, a phrase in which one or more words are redundant as their meaning is expressed elsewhere in the phrase.
      "They are both the same" is a as the word "both" is redundant, as is "killed dead".
Etymology: Late (term, pleonasmus), from Greek (term, sc=Grek, , tr=pleonasmos), from (term, sc=Grek, , tr=pleonazein, , be superfluous), from (term, sc=Grek, , tr=pleiÅn, , more).


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