Pleonasm Examples


Pleonasm means "excess," and it refers to the use of more than one word when one will suffice. Essentially, the writer has repeated him/herself in the phrase.

Examples of Pleonasm:

Wet rain

Cold snow

Tuna fish

Dry desert

Cash money

Examples of Pleonasm in Literature

From Hamlet:

He was a man, take him for all in all, I shall not look upon his like again.

From the Bible:

O, Lord! How many are my foes! Many are rising against me! Psalm 3:1

From Julius Caesar:

The most unkindest cut of all.

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