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verbiage

Line breaks: ver¦bi|age
Pronunciation: /ˈvəːbɪɪdʒ
 
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Definition of verbiage in English:

noun

[mass noun]
1Excessively lengthy or technical speech or writing: the basic idea here, despite all the verbiage, is simple there is plenty of irrelevant verbiage
More example sentences
  • Corruption and tyranny both hide in irrelevant public verbiage.
  • Dwarfed by the scope of the bill's radical changes, this bit of verbiage flew under the public's radar screen.
  • Smiley says her first letters to the Times were edited heavily, with excess verbiage getting the knife.
Synonyms
2US The way in which something is expressed; wording or diction: we need to look at how the rule should be applied, based on the verbiage
More example sentences
  • The shirt is charcoal in color with the verbiage and imagery in green, blue and white.
  • His reports are clear, granular, and well-documented, both in terms of verbiage and photos.
  • She brings up a valid point about Vicki constantly trying to create animosity("am-in-osity," in her verbiage) between her and Tamra.

Origin

early 18th century: from French, from obsolete verbeier 'to chatter', from verbe 'word' (see verb).

Usage

The form verbage, formed without the i on the pattern of words such as garbage, is sometimes used, but this is generally regarded as a mistake. Around five per cent of citations in the Oxford English Corpus are for this incorrect spelling.

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