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verbalism

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Pronunciation: /ˈvəːb(ə)lɪz(ə)m
 
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Definition of verbalism in English:

noun

[mass noun]
1Concentration on forms of expression rather than content: verbalism means thinking of the words instead of with them
More example sentences
  • We're still trapped in the tradition of verbalism which changed with the Renaissance - teaching everything with words.
  • To call it verbalism seems to degrade intellectual detachment to stylistic trickery but the facts are complex.
1.1 [count noun] A verbal expression: a dying Church with its empty verbalisms and denatured ceremonies
More example sentences
  • Be alert to use of verbalisms and echolalia and consult with a speech/language therapist when in doubt.
  • When they reported on the outdoor explorations, the children hardly ever used adult terms or verbalisms.
  • Our experienced moderators record spontaneous verbalisms, comments, assessments and mind statements of the test persons.
1.2Excessive or empty use of language: there was a deal of verbalism
More example sentences
  • The temptation is great to suspect that Hugo is here indulging in mere verbalism.
  • Mufti Sahib sacrifices the action part of Dialogue in his speeches, thereby making a mere verbalism.

Derivatives

verbalist

1
noun
Example sentences
  • You will not be disappointed by the lead singer and visceral verbalist blooming like the mesmeric rocker he is.
  • We also need adults who are expert verbalists, such as Ph.D. educators in English, Psychology, and History.
  • An amusing game for verbalists, in which one or more persons try to unscramble words scrambled by the computer.

verbalistic

2
Pronunciation: /-ˈlɪstɪk/
adjective
Example sentences
  • Engineering is driving verbalistic philosophy out of existence and humanity gains decidedly thereby.
  • Perec's greatest verbalistic missile is a lipogram - a composition that completely omits one letter of the alphabet.
  • They also have a more animalistic growl than the original's verbalistic grunting.

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