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a. The use of more words than are required to express an idea; redundancy.
b. An instance of pleonasm.
2. A superfluous word or phrase.

[Late Latin pleonasmus, from Greek pleonasmos, from pleonazein, to be excessive, from pleōn, more; see pelə- in Indo-European roots.]

ple′o·nas′tic (-năs′tĭk) adj.
ple′o·nas′ti·cal·ly adv.
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It is caused by a syntactic feature of forbeodan that a negative particle ne tends to appear pleonastically in a poet-clause governed by a verb of negative import.
5] with pa superimposed PAP pleonastically on the full phonetic spelling .
It will be observed that te is used as the ordinary object of the verb, including pleonastically in the second example, whereas tine indicates contrast with another referent.