circumlocution


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cir·cum·lo·cu·tion

 (sûr′kəm-lō-kyo͞o′shən)
n.
1. The use of unnecessarily wordy language, especially in being vague or evasive.
2. A roundabout or evasive expression: Circumlocutions like "go to the bathroom" are often used in place of words that are considered vulgar or indelicate.

[Middle English circumlocucioun, from Latin circumlocūtiō, circumlocūtiōn-, from circumlocūtus, past participle of circumloquī : circum-, circum- + loquī, to speak; see tolkw- in Indo-European roots.]

cir′cum·loc′u·to′ri·ly (-lŏk′yə-tôr′ə-lē) adv.
cir′cum·loc′u·to′ry (-tôr′ē) adj.

circumlocution

(ˌsɜːkəmləˈkjuːʃən)
n
1. an indirect way of expressing something
2. an indirect expression
circumlocutory adj

cir•cum•lo•cu•tion

(ˌsɜr kəm loʊˈkyu ʃən)

n.
1. a roundabout or indirect way of speaking; the use of more words than necessary to express an idea.
2. a roundabout expression.
[1375–1425; late Middle English < Latin circumlocūtiō]
cir`cum•loc′u•to`ry (-ˈlɒk yəˌtɔr i, -ˌtoʊr i) adj.

circumlocution

An indirect way of saying something, or the use of indirect modes of expression.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.circumlocution - a style that involves indirect ways of expressing thingscircumlocution - a style that involves indirect ways of expressing things
verboseness, verbosity - an expressive style that uses excessive or empty words
2.circumlocution - an indirect way of expressing something
equivocation, evasion - a statement that is not literally false but that cleverly avoids an unpleasant truth

circumlocution

noun indirectness, redundancy, euphemism, beating about the bush (informal), wordiness, diffuseness, prolixity, discursiveness He is long-winded and prone to circumlocution in his public speeches.
Translations

circumlocution

[ˌsɜːkəmləˈkjuːʃən] Ncircunloquio m, rodeo m

circumlocution

[ˌsɜːrkəmləʊˈkjuːʃən] ncirconlocution f, périphrase f

circumlocution

nWeitschweifigkeit f; (= evasiveness)Umschreibung f, → Drumherumreden nt (inf)

circumlocution

[ˌsɜːkəmləˈkjuːʃn] n (frm) → circonlocuzione f
References in classic literature ?
Then, without circumlocution or apology, first pronounced the word "Standish," and placing the unknown engine, already described, to his mouth, from which he drew a high, shrill sound, that was followed by an octave below, from his own voice, he commenced singing the following words, in full, sweet, and melodious tones, that set the music, the poetry, and even the uneasy motion of his ill- trained beast at defiance; "How good it is, O see, And how it pleaseth well, Together e'en in unity, For brethren so to dwell.
Sir," said Madame de Saint-Meran, without using any circumlocution, and as if fearing she had no time to lose, "you wrote to me concerning the marriage of this child?
interrupted I--for all this chatter and circumlocution began to bore me very much; "I will consult M.
There his wife, nearly twenty-six years ago, had broken to him, with a blushing circumlocution that would have caused the young women of the new generation to smile, the news that she was to have a child; and there their eldest boy, Dallas, too delicate to be taken to church in midwinter, had been christened by their old friend the Bishop of New York, the ample magnificent irreplaceable Bishop, so long the pride and ornament of his diocese.
The Moors have a small opinion of England, France, and America, and put their representatives to a deal of red-tape circumlocution before they grant them their common rights, let alone a favor.
Holmes, and I have taken you at your word, for I have now told you everything without an attempt at circumlocution or concealment.
She had a good honest glance and used no circumlocution.
He spoke without circumlocution, and his tone was graver than usual.
Polite circumlocution would be evidently thrown away on Mrs.
Records, statistics, documents, failing which France would have been ruined, circumlocution, without which there could be no advance, increased, multiplied, and grew majestic.
Too anxious to waste time in circumlocution, she turned the conversation at once to the delicate and doubtful subject of the lost letter.
After sufficient cogitation he broke silence, and it certainly could not be objected that he used any needless circumlocution, or failed to speak directly to the purpose.