Definitions for verbiageˈvɜr bi ɪdʒ

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. verbiage, verbalism(noun)

    overabundance of words

  2. wording, diction, phrasing, phraseology, choice of words, verbiage(noun)

    the manner in which something is expressed in words

    "use concise military verbiage"- G.S.Patton


  1. verbiage(Noun)

    Overabundance of words

  2. verbiage(Noun)

    (US) The manner in which something is expressed in words;

    use concise military verbiage- G.S. Patton Usage note: because of the pejorative connotation of the primary definition of "verbiage" it is preferred to use "diction," "phrasing," etc. to describe the manner in which something is expressed in words.

  3. Origin: From verbiage

Webster Dictionary

  1. Verbiage(noun)

    the use of many words without necessity, or with little sense; a superabundance of words; verbosity; wordiness

  2. Origin: [F. verbiage, from OF. verbe a word. See Verb.]

The New Hacker's Dictionary

  1. verbiage

    When the context involves a software or hardware system, this refers to documentation. This term borrows the connotations of mainstream ‘verbiage’ to suggest that the documentation is of marginal utility and that the motives behind its production have little to do with the ostensible subject.

Sample Sentences & Example Usage

  1. Jeff Bock:

    That verbiage probably scares theater owners.

  2. Paul Valery:

    The folly of mistaking a paradox for a discovery, a metaphor for a proof, a torrent of verbiage for a spring of capital truths, and oneself for an oracle, is inborn in us.

  3. David Smilde:

    While the verbiage sounds like this is an attempt to replace the National Assembly, it looks like it will be a body that works at a lower level to distribute resources to communes and communal councils, of course the optics of this are alarming ... (but) I doubt it will seriously impede any functions of the National Assembly.

  4. Quentin Crisp:

    Euphemisms are not, as many young people think, useless verbiage for that which can and should be said bluntly; they are like secret agents on a delicate mission, they must airily pass by a stinking mess with barely so much as a nod of the head, make their point of constructive criticism and continue on in calm forbearance. Euphemisms are unpleasant truths wearing diplomatic cologne.

  5. Yar Chaikovsky:

    The majority recognized that the Court has spent numerous pages revisiting its own cases and those of the Supreme Court and still “disagree vigorously over what is or is not patentable subject matter.” Instead, the majority urges district courts to avoid the “swamp of verbiage that is § 101 by exercising their inherent power to control the processes of litigation -Yar Chaikovsky McDermott on MySpace v. Graphon Corp

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