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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.


advumständlich; the road winds circuitouslydie Straße schlängelt sich


[sɜːˈkjʊɪtəslɪ] advfacendo un lungo giro (fig) → indirettamente
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I encountered a couple of hungry-looking dogs, but both hurried circuitously away from the advances I made them.
This much, Jerry, with his head becoming more and more spiky as the law terms bristled it, made out with huge satisfaction, and so arrived circuitously at the understanding that the aforesaid, and over and over again aforesaid, Charles Darnay, stood there before him upon his trial; that the jury were swearing in; and that Mr.
The horses soon reached a point where they seemed to know by instinct that the journey was nearly ended, and, bearing on the bits as they tossed their heads, they rapidly drew the sleigh over the level land which lay on the top of the mountain, and soon came to the point where the road descended suddenly, but circuitously, into the valley.
I went circuitously to Miss Havisham's by all the back ways, and rang at the bell constrainedly, on account of the stiff long fingers of my gloves.
Mr Pickering turned to the left and began to advance circuitously, with the result that, before he knew what he was doing, he came out into a clearing and understood the meaning of the sudden silence which had perplexed him.
His new position on the customs union is meant to light the fuse that leads -- however circuitously -- to a confidence vote in the PM and another general election.
Cue Wales fans decrying the decision and English insisting justice was upheld, however circuitously.
They are parodies of their elders who surge along the main procession route that circuitously leads to the Quiapo church.
During the marriage lawsuit, a reporter from a Jewish magazine asked her, circuitously, how she felt about "intermarriage" since Olsen isn't Jewish.
I set out my understanding of human dignity rather circuitously.
Dropped off in front of the new mall 'Ayala on the 30th' in the Ortigas area some weeks back, I found a ramp that wound circuitously through several levels.
In her foundational book, Signs of Borges, Molloy suggests, albeit circuitously, that, "even though Borges and Freud consider the consequences of 'distortion' in radically different ways, bringing the two together is not entirely impertinent since there are odd similarities in their shared interest in (or rather their passionate curiosity for) the uncanny as an organizing principle" (77-78).