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Tautology


TAUTOL'OGY, noun [Gr. the same, and word or expression.]

A repetition of the same meaning in different words; needless repetition of a thing in different words or phrases; or a representation of any thing as the cause, condition of consequence of itself, as in the following lines.

The dawn in overcast, the morning low'rs,

And heavily in clouds brings on the day.