verbiage

Verbiage is what it sounds like — a lot of words: verbs, nouns, adjectives and all the other parts of speech. Usually, verbiage means a few too many words — like the excessive verbiage in a legal document.

Verbiage comes from the 18th-century French verbier, meaning "to chatter." Verbiage can mean just the words being used to communicate, or a bunch of empty words used to obscure communication. Someone long-winded might receive a sarcastic "compliment" about his verbiage, while another speaker might receive genuine applause for intelligent verbiage, or choice of words.

Definitions of verbiage
  1. noun
    overabundance of words
    synonyms: verbalism
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    type of:
    verboseness, verbosity
    an expressive style that uses excessive or empty words
  2. noun
    the manner in which something is expressed in words
    “"use concise military verbiage"- G.S.Patton”
    synonyms: choice of words, diction, phraseology, phrasing, wording
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    types:
    mot juste
    the appropriate word or expression
    verbalisation, verbalization
    the words that are spoken in the activity of verbalization
    type of:
    expression, formulation
    the style of expressing yourself
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