verbiage, verbose, verbosity

A verbose writer or speaker displays verbosity, or verbiage (wordiness).

  • Kareem is so verbose it takes him five minutes to express what others say in one.
  • The article was filled with verbiage until the editor made it succinct.

In its other sense, verbiage refers to diction or choice of words.

  • The verbiage found in contracts is very different from that in newspapers.
  • In his latest book, Bourget satirizes the verbiage of politics and war.

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