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Definition of "verbalism" []

  • An expression in words; a word or phrase. (noun)
  • The manner in which something is phrased; wording. (noun)
  • A wordy phrase or sentence that has little meaning. (noun)
  • Abundant use of words without conveying much meaning. (noun)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "verbalism" in a sentence
  • "His father used to get knocked for odd verbalism, syntax, etc. but nothing, nothing like GW."
  • "As it turns out, this is not a popular view: already Russell (1923) argued that the very idea of wordly indeterminacy betrays a “fallacy of verbalism”, and some have gone as far as saying that de re indeterminacy is simply not “intelligible” (Dummett 1975: 314; Lewis 1986: 212) or ruled out a priori (Jackson 2001: 657)."
  • "It has been noted that people do creative work in the social sciences at a later age than people in science and maths, I think that is because it takes longer to find out the genuine problems that are hidden in the verbalism."
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