Circumlocution

  • 1Circumlocution — (also called periphrasis, circumduction, circumvolution, periphrase, or ambage[1]) is an ambiguous or roundabout figure of speech. In its most basic form, circumlocution is using many words (such as a tool used for cutting things such as paper… …

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  • 2Circumlocution — Cir cum*lo*cu tion, n. [L. circumlocutio, fr. circumloqui, locutus, to make use of circumlocution; circum + loqui to speak. See {Loquacious}.] The use of many words to express an idea that might be expressed by few; indirect or roundabout… …

    The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • 3Circumlocution — (v. lat.), Umschreibung mit Worten …

    Pierer's Universal-Lexikon

  • 4circumlocution — index indirection (indirect action) Burton s Legal Thesaurus. William C. Burton. 2006 …

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  • 5circumlocution — (n.) c.1400, from L. circumlocutionem (nom. circumlocutio; a loan translation of Gk. periphrasis) speaking around (the topic), from circum around (see CIRCUM (Cf. circum )) + locutionem (nom. locutio) a speaking, from stem of loqui to speak (see …

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  • 6circumlocution — periphrasis, pleonasm, *verbiage, redundancy, tautology Analogous words: prolixity, diffuseness, wordiness, verbosity (see corresponding adjectives at WORDY) Contrasted words: compactness (see corresponding adjectives at CLOSE): conciseness or… …

    New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • 7circumlocution — [n] indirect speech beating around the bush*, circumambages, diffuseness, discursiveness, euphemism, gassiness, indirectness, periphrase, periphrasis, pleonasm, prolixity, roundabout, tautology, verbal evasion, verbality, verbiage, wordiness;… …

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  • 8circumlocution — ► NOUN ▪ the use of many words where fewer would do. DERIVATIVES circumlocutory adjective. ORIGIN Latin, from circum around + loqui speak …

    English terms dictionary

  • 9circumlocution — [sʉr΄kəmlō kyo͞o′shən] n. [ME circumlocucioun < L circumlocutio: see CIRCUM & LOCUTION] 1. a roundabout, indirect, or lengthy way of expressing something; periphrasis 2. an instance of this circumlocutory [sʉr΄kəmläk′yə tôr΄ē] adj …

    English World dictionary

  • 10circumlocution — [[t]sɜ͟ː(r)kəmloʊkju͟ːʃ(ə)n[/t]] circumlocutions N VAR A circumlocution is a way of saying or writing something using more words than are necessary instead of being clear and direct. [FORMAL] It was always when you most wanted a direct answer… …

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  • 11circumlocution — UK [ˌsɜː(r)kəmləˈkjuːʃ(ə)n] / US [ˌsɜrkəmləˈkjuʃ(ə)n] noun [countable/uncountable] Word forms circumlocution : singular circumlocution plural circumlocutions formal the use of too many words to say something, especially in order to avoid saying… …

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  • 12circumlocution — noun Etymology: Middle English circumlocucyon, from Latin circumlocution , circumlocutio, from circum + locutio speech, from loqui to speak Date: 15th century 1. the use of an unnecessarily large number of words to express an idea 2. evasion in… …

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  • 13circumlocution — circumlocutory /serr keuhm lok yeuh tawr ee, tohr ee/, circumlocutional, circumlocutionary, adj. /serr keuhm loh kyooh sheuhn/, n. 1. a roundabout or indirect way of speaking; the use of more words than necessary to express an idea. 2. a… …

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  • 14circumlocution — See locution. See locution, circumlocution …

    Dictionary of problem words and expressions

  • 15circumlocution — I (New American Roget s College Thesaurus) n. paraphrase, periphrasis, indirection. See avoidance, diffuseness. II (Roget s IV) n. Syn. periphrasis, verbal evasion, redundancy, rambling; see wordiness . III (Roget s 3 Superthesaurus) (VOCABULARY… …

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  • 16circumlocution — noun when you ve finished your circumlocution, maybe you could just get to the point Syn: periphrasis, discursiveness, long windedness, verbosity, verbiage, wordiness, prolixity, redundancy, pleonasm, tautology, repetitiveness, repetitiousness …

    Thesaurus of popular words

  • 17circumlocution — n. 1 a a roundabout expression. b evasive talk. 2 the use of many words where fewer would do; verbosity. Derivatives: circumlocutional adj. circumlocutionary adj. circumlocutionist n. circumlocutory adj. Etymology: ME f. F circumlocution or L… …

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  • 18circumlocution — noun /ˌsɜː(ɹ).kəm.ləˈkjuː.ʃn̩,sɹ̩kəmlowˈkjuʃn̩/ a) A roundabout or indirect way of speaking; the use of more words than necessary to express an idea. b) A roundabout expression. See also euphemism Syn: beat around the bush, periphrasis …

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  • 19circumlocution — Synonyms and related words: ambages, anfractuosity, circling, circuition, circuitousness, circuitry, circularity, circulation, circumambages, circumambience, circumambiency, circumambulation, circumbendibus, circumflexion, circummigration,… …

    Moby Thesaurus

  • 20circumlocution — cir|cum|lo|cu|tion [ˌsə:kəmləˈkju:ʃən US ˌsə:r ] n [U and C] formal the practice of using too many words to express an idea, instead of saying it directly …

    Dictionary of contemporary English