from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. Mechanical, repetitive words used without understanding or consideration.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A mechanical state of the mind in which reflective consciousness plays little or no part: alluding to the parrot which remembers and repeats words of which it does not know the sense.


Latin psittaci, "parrot", and -ism. (Wiktionary)



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  • JM wonders exactly why does Polly want a psittacism?

    May 11, 2011

  • Not that that's a *bad* thing...

    The mechanical repetition of previously received ideas or images that reflects neither true reasoning nor feeling; repetition of words or phrases parrot-fashion, without reflection, automatically.

    February 2, 2007