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Examples of Pleonasm


Post by natttt
Posted on 2011-01-13 23:29:27
Pleonasm is the use of more words or word-parts than is necessary for clear expression.

Examples of pleonasm are black darkness, burning fire, digital download or redundant pleonasm. Such redundancy is, by traditional rhetorical criteria, a manifestation of tautology.

Examples of Pleonasm in Literature:
- Julius Caesar by William Shakespeare, Julius Caesar: "This was the most unkindest cut of all."
- Paradise Lost by John Milton: "From that day mortal, and this happie State/ Shalt loose, expell"d from hence into a World/ Of woe and sorrow"
- "O LORD, how many are my foes! Many are rising against me - Psalm 3:1
- “On His Blindness" by John Milton: “Nor to these idle orbs does day appear Or sun or moon, or stars, through the year/Or man or woman."

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