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Verbose Meaning and Definition from WordNet (r) 2.0
    verbose adj : using or containing too many words; "long-winded (or windy) speakers"; "verbose and ineffective instructional methods"; "newspapers of the day printed long wordy editorials"; "proceedings were delayed by wordy disputes" [syn: long-winded, tedious, windy, wordy]
Verbose Meaning and Definition from Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)
    Verbose \Ver*bose"\, a. [L. verbosus, from verbum a word. See Verb.] Abounding in words; using or containing more words than are necessary; tedious by a multiplicity of words; prolix; wordy; as, a verbose speaker; a verbose argument. Too verbose in their way of speaking. --Ayliffe. -- Ver*bose"ly, adv. -- Ver*bose"ness, n.
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Prolixity (from Latin prolixus, "extended"; also called wordiness, verbosity and garrulousness) in language refers to speech or writing which uses an excess of words. Adjectival forms include prolix, wordy, verbose, and garrulous.

Prolixity can also be used to refer to the length of a monologue or speech, especially a formal address such as a lawyer's oral argument.

In writing, prolixity can take many forms, including:

Writing that is overflowing with ornate or flowery adjective-heavy language is known as purple prose. Tastes vary widely in this regard. What was once considered enthralling description can be considered excess by a later generation. An example:

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  • David Fincher set to direct Steve Jobs biopic
    Fincher and Aaron Sorkin, the pair who brought the Facebook story to the big screen as The Social Network, are aiming to do the same for Apple's iconic founder • Aaron Sorkin: Steve Jobs biopic to play out in three scenes Director David Fincher and screenwriter Aaron Sorkin turned the backstabbing intrigue of Facebook's inception into the verbose and bri Read more on this news related to 'Verbose'
  • Don’t Trust Your Log Files: How and Why to Monitor All Exceptions
    I would say that only one out of a million exceptions thrown in an application actually makes it to a log file - unless you run your application in verbose logging mode - Do you agree? Read more on this news related to 'Verbose'
  • Film Review: As 'Dom Hemingway,' Jude Law is both lewd and sentimental
    A temperamental, egotistical, British ex-con with a soft side for the daughter he left behind, Jude Law is magnetic as the title character in "Dom Hemingway," an amusing tale of vengeance, debauchery and redemption told stylishly by writer-director Richard Shepard. Dom is introduced shirtless while delivering a verbose rant about his genitalia, which he Read more on this news related to 'Verbose'

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