Figure Name battologia
Source Silva Rhetoricae (; Bullinger (1898) ("battologia; or, vain repetition")
Earliest Source None
Synonyms vain repetition
Etymology None
Type Scheme
Linguistic Domain Semantic

1. Vain repetition. A vice. (Silva Rhetoricae)

2. These are repetitions, of course, which are vain, meaningless, and senseless. (Bullinger, 430)


2. None of these is to be found in the word of God. Indeed, we are exhorted not to use them as the heathen do, who think that by using them in their prayers they shall be "heard for their much speaking." The verb in Matt. 6:7 is "use not vain repetitions." The Holy Spirit therefore does not use them: so that we have no examples to give for this figure which man has named and so frequently uses. (Bullinger, 430-431)

Kind Of Repetition
Part Of vices
Related Figures vices
Confidence Unconfident
Last Editor Ioanna Malton
Confidence Unconfident
Editorial Notes
Reviewed No