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I've been searching fervently for a potentially fictitious term that I thought I came across a while ago for structures like:

The weather that day was so bleak and dreary, all I wanted to do was stay indoors by the blazing fire, sipping a warm cup of hot cocoa.

Writers often describe things with multiple (frequently two) adjectives that don't really give any more information than just one adjective would. I thought I encountered a word to describe this idea, but I'm not really sure.

I'm not looking for terms like pleonasm, redundancy, verbosity, etc., but something specific to this structure I am describing (could of course apply to adverbs instead of adjectives as well).

  • don't really give any more information is necessarily wrong. Every word has its own connotations, including words that have the same denotations. – Drew Mar 9 '17 at 15:33
  • Are you looking for the term tautology? My Big Fat Greek Wedding is an example of tautology used for comic effect. Otherwise, it's a no-no in English. – Yosef Baskin Mar 9 '17 at 21:02
  • @Drew 1) I disagree, 2) "don't really give any more information" is an informal way of saying "give very little additional information." – Apollys Mar 9 '17 at 21:27
  • Tell me what more information you get from "My homework was hard and difficult" over "My homework was difficult." – Apollys Mar 9 '17 at 21:29
  • duplicative? . . . – Xanne Mar 12 '17 at 5:26

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