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cir·cu·i·tous

 (sər-kyo͞o′ĭ-təs)
adj.
1. Being or taking a roundabout, lengthy course: took a circuitous route to avoid the accident site.
2. Characterized by indirectness, evasiveness, or complexity, as in action or language: a circuitous method of inquiry; a circuitous argument.

[From Medieval Latin circuitōsus, from Latin circuitus, a going around; see circuit.]

cir·cu′i·tous·ly adv.
cir·cu′i·ty, cir·cu′i·tous·ness n.

circuitous

(səˈkjuːɪtəs)
adj
indirect and lengthy; roundabout: a circuitous route.
cirˈcuitously adv
cirˈcuitousness n

cir•cu•i•tous

(sərˈkyu ɪ təs)

adj.
roundabout; not direct.
[1655–65; < Medieval Latin]
cir•cu′i•tous•ly, adv.
cir•cu′i•tous•ness, n.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adj.1.circuitous - marked by obliqueness or indirection in speech or conduct; "the explanation was circuitous and puzzling"; "a roundabout paragraph"; "hear in a roundabout way that her ex-husband was marrying her best friend"
indirect - extended senses; not direct in manner or language or behavior or action; "making indirect but legitimate inquiries"; "an indirect insult"; "doubtless they had some indirect purpose in mind"; "though his methods are indirect they are not dishonest"; "known as a shady indirect fellow"
2.circuitous - deviating from a straight course; "a scenic but devious route"; "a long and circuitous journey by train and boat"; "a roundabout route avoided rush-hour traffic"
indirect - not direct in spatial dimension; not leading by a straight line or course to a destination; "sometimes taking an indirect path saves time"; "you must take an indirect course in sailing"

circuitous

adjective
1. indirect, winding, rambling, roundabout, meandering, tortuous, labyrinthine They were taken on a circuitous route home.
indirect direct, straight, unswerving, undeviating, as the crow flies
2. oblique, indirect He has a pedantic and circuitous writing style.

circuitous

adjective
Not taking a direct or straight line or course:
Translations
دَوْرَه، طَريق غَيْر مُباشِر
nepřímývedoucí oklikou
kroget
krókóttur
obchádzkový
dönemeçlikıvrımlı

circuitous

[sɜːˈkjʊɪtəs] ADJ [route] → tortuoso, sinuoso; [method] → tortuoso, solapado

circuitous

[sərˈkjuːɪtəs] adj [route] → indirect(e), qui fait un détour
a circuitous route → une route qui fait un détour

circuitous

adjumständlich; circuitous pathSchlängelpfad m

circuitous

[sɜːˈkjʊɪtəs] adj to go by a circuitous routeprendere la strada più lunga

circuit

(ˈsəːkit) noun
1. a journey or course round something. the earth's circuit round the sun; three circuits of the race-track.
2. a race-track, running-track etc.
3. the path of an electric current and the parts through which it passes.
4. a journey or tour made regularly and repeatedly eg by salesmen, sportsmen etc.
circuitous (səːˈkjuitəs) adjective
round-about; not direct. a circuitous route.
References in classic literature ?
The spirits of the scout, and the astonishing success of the chase, in which a circuitous distance of more than forty miles had been passed, did not fail to impart a portion of hope to the whole party.
Though her mode of doing everything was peculiarly meandering and circuitous, and without any sort of calculation as to time and place,--though her kitchen generally looked as if it had been arranged by a hurricane blowing through it, and she had about as many places for each cooking utensil as there were days in the year,--yet, if one would have patience to wait her own good time, up would come her dinner in perfect order, and in a style of preparation with which an epicure could find no fault.
The words of Anselmo struck Lothario with astonishment, unable as he was to conjecture the purport of such a lengthy preamble; and though be strove to imagine what desire it could be that so troubled his friend, his conjectures were all far from the truth, and to relieve the anxiety which this perplexity was causing him, he told him he was doing a flagrant injustice to their great friendship in seeking circuitous methods of confiding to him his most hidden thoughts, for be well knew he might reckon upon his counsel in diverting them, or his help in carrying them into effect.
This is a prodigious security against a direct contraband with foreign countries; but a circuitous contraband to one State, through the medium of another, would be both easy and safe.
The bottom now rose sensibly, and we soon arrived at long circuitous slopes, or inclined planes, which took us higher by degrees; but we were obliged to walk carefully among these conglomerates, bound by no cement, the feet slipping on the glassy crystal, felspar, and quartz.
I am an extremely unhandy man(my schooling was over before the days of Slojd); but most of the requirements of a raft I met at last in some clumsy, circuitous way or other, and this time I took care of the strength.
Thus, to take a long and circuitous route, after enticing the enemy out of the way, and though starting after him, to contrive to reach the goal before him, shows knowledge of the artifice of DEVIATION.
Every European vessel brought new cargoes of the sect, eager to testify against the oppression which they hoped to share; and when shipmasters were restrained by heavy fines from affording them passage, they made long and circuitous journeys through the Indian country, and appeared in the province as if conveyed by a supernatural power.
Payette, a leader of the Hudson's Bay Company, who was about to depart with a number of men, by a more circuitous, but safe route, to carry supplies to the company's agent, resident among the Upper Nez Perces.
One day in returning from this spring by a circuitous path, I came upon a scene which reminded me of Stonehenge and the architectural labours of the Druids.
While Richard and Monsieur Le Quoi, attended by Benjamin, proceeded to the academy by a foot-path through the snow, the judge, his daughter, the divine, and the Major took a more circuitous route to the same place by the streets of the village.
By taking a circuitous route, and, as it appeared to her, very unreasonable direction to the knoll, they were soon beyond her eye; and for some minutes longer she remained without sight or sound of any companion.