Expatiate vs Verbose - What's the difference?

expatiate | verbose |

As a verb expatiate

is to range at large, or without restraint.

As an adjective verbose is

abounding in words, containing more words than necessary long winded, or windy.




  • To range at large, or without restraint.
  • * Alexander Pope
  • Bids his free soul expatiate in the skies.
  • To write or speak at length; to be copious in argument or discussion, to descant.
  • *1851 ,
  • Now, as the business of standing mast-heads, ashore or afloat, is a very ancient and interesting one, let us in some measure expatiate here.
  • * Addison
  • He expatiated on the inconveniences of trade.
  • * 2007 , Clive James, Cultural Amnesia (Picador 2007, p. 847)
  • *:“It can't fly,” he expatiated . “It can move forward only by hopping.”
  • (obsolete) To expand; to spread; to extend; to diffuse; to broaden.
  • verbose



    (en adjective)
  • Abounding in words, containing more words than necessary. Long winded, or windy.
  • (computing) Producing unusually detailed output for diagnostic purposes.
  • * 2001 , Richard Blum, Postfix (page 532)
  • You should use verbose logging sparingly. Turning on verbose logging for every process would result in log files so large they would become useless.


    * wordy * long-winded * See also


    * concise * terse


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