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tautology

noun battology, duplication, loquacity, pleonasm, profuseness, redundancy, repetition, surfeit, verbiage, verbosity
See also: redundancy
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The term autoimmune tautology is used to describe the common physiopathological mechanisms and genetic factors shared by many autoimmune diseases, and clinically this is evident on encountering cases of polyautoimmunity and familial autoimmunity.2
It might be objected, though, that the tautology does not really deliver egoism.
The au courant neoliberal slogan "Now more than ever" has a confessional tone for those who know how to listen for euphemism: "Now [that fascism directly affects me, I recognize injustice] more than [I] ever [have before]." This rallying cry tiptoes around the giant elephant of white supremacy, which, through phrases like "the politics of the everyday," reveals the tautology of its violent banality.
While "compassionate care" seems a tautology, kindness is a concept less difficult and more direct than compassion.
Furthermore, he says, metaphysics is not about us but about the world, despite the tautology that we know the world only as it can be known by us.
In some cases, it creates a brutally succinct expression that matches the realities described; in other cases, the lines seem to lurch forward in a kind of desperate delirium of sonic tautology. The elderly in a rest home are "squeegeed people" in a dining-hall line, "crushed-/ cricket / twitches / of existence / testifying / less to survival / than simply / to less." In "Big Country," we read "One answer's / cancer / on a slow boil / in the bones / of a woman / who sleeps / five feet / from the wide-screen / rape-screams / of a woman / her granddaughter, / motherless, / fourteen, / mainlines ...
Or the subtle (in bureaucratic eyes) variation, that some people have had the illegal monkeys for so long that they have somehow become "legal" pets because people have "ownership certificates," a tautology that stretches logic and credibility in that "a little bit pregnant" way.
The objects reflect our reliance on other commodities, critiquing their existence through their own language, a tautology that makes them all the more compelling.
The lack of spousal benefits, the incessant questions from coworkers operating under the DADT tautology, and just a general fear of being out are all real issues that she continues to address through her work with AMPA.
It is a tautology to say that any person must work where there is a job.
It might seem like a tautology, but Richie Hawtin is a true techno modernist.
Such reality is profoundly marked by motion picture camera, as a reality of reality, a 'true' tautology deep to its last nuances (and of course, it is difficult to see such nuances).