Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. Obsessive repetition of meaningless words and phrases, especially as a symptom of mental illness.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. An obsessive repetition of meaningless words and phrases, especially as a symptom of mental illness.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. In pathology, the continual utterance of certain words or phrases, repeated at short intervals, without any reference to their meaning.

Etymologies

From Latin verbigerātus, past participle of verbigerāre, to chat, dispute, from *verbiger, carrying words : verbum, word; see verb + gerere, to carry.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)

Examples

  • Often striking, non-goal-directed, repetitive motor behavior; repetition of phrases and sentences in an automatic fashion, similar to a scratched record, termed verbigeration verbal stereotypy

    The Neuropsychiatric Guide to Modern Everyday Psychiatry

  • Schizophrenics frequently speak in a stilted, manneristic fashion, and the fluency of their speech may be intermittently disturbed, with paucity of speech, verbigeration (associations repeated in a stereotyped manner, palilalia in the aphasia literature), or perseveration (words or phrases repetitively inserted in the flow of speech).

    The Neuropsychiatric Guide to Modern Everyday Psychiatry

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  • Example from a recent meeting: 'the pathway we were on has already been achieved, so I'm mildly confused... the parameters and principles sit beneath that'.

    May 7, 2007