Periphrastic
Periphrastic Per`i*phras"tic, Periphrastical Per`i*phras"tic*al, a. [Gr. ?: cf. F. p['e]riphrastique.] Expressing, or expressed, in more words than are necessary; characterized by periphrase; circumlocutory. [1913 Webster]

{Periphrastic conjugation} (Gram.), a conjugation formed by the use of the simple verb with one or more auxiliaries. [1913 Webster]


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  • periphrastic — 1805, from Gk. periphrastikos, from periphrazein (see PERIPHRASIS (Cf. periphrasis)) …   Etymology dictionary

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  • periphrastic — adjective Date: 1805 1. of, relating to, or characterized by periphrasis 2. formed by the use of function words or auxiliaries instead of by inflection < more fair is a periphrastic comparative > • periphrastically adverb …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • periphrastic — adjective the periphrastic nature of legal syntax Syn: circumlocutory, circuitous, roundabout, indirect, tautological, pleonastic, prolix, verbose, wordy, long winded, rambling, wandering, tortuous, diffuse …   Thesaurus of popular words

  • periphrastic — /pɛriˈfræstɪk / (say peree frastik) adjective 1. circumlocutory; roundabout. 2. Grammar a. denoting a construction of two or more words with a class meaning which in other languages or in other forms of the same language is expressed by… …   Australian English dictionary

  • periphrastic — periphrasis ► NOUN (pl. periphrases) ▪ the use of indirect and roundabout language; circumlocution. DERIVATIVES periphrastic adjective. ORIGIN from Greek peri around + phrazein declare …   English terms dictionary

  • periphrastic — periphrastically, adv. /per euh fras tik/, adj. 1. circumlocutory; roundabout. 2. Gram. noting a construction of two or more words having the same syntactic function as an inflected word, as of Mr. Smith in the son of Mr. Smith, which is… …   Universalium

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