Meaning of pleonasm

ple•o•nasm

Pronunciation: (plē'u-naz"um), [key]
— n.
  1. the use of more words than are necessary to express an idea; redundancy.
  2. an instance of this, as free gift or true fact.
  3. a redundant word or expression.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.
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