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 ?
If I might offer any apology for so exaggerated a fiction as the Barnacles and the Circumlocution Office, I would seek it in the common experience of an Englishman, without presuming to mention the unimportant fact of my having done that violence to good manners, in the days of a Russian war, and of a Court of Inquiry at Chelsea.
The circumlocution has been in vain--you must have guessed it--Ikey adored Rosy.
interrupted I--for all this chatter and circumlocution began to bore me very much; "I will consult M.
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.
Polite circumlocution would be evidently thrown away on Mrs.
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.
She had a good honest glance and used no circumlocution.
It put me to the pains of many circumlocutions, to give my master a right idea of what I spoke; for their language does not abound in variety of words, because their wants and passions are fewer than among us.
I had made use of many circumlocutions in describing to him the nature of the several crimes for which most of our crew had been forced to fly their country.
His decent reticence is branded as hypocrisy, his circumlocutions are roundly called lies, and his silence is vilified as treachery.
She found him so perfectly indifferent, that she was almost afraid to enter into the point with him; but, however, after some other circumlocutions she told him that by a strange and unaccountable accident she came to have a particular knowledge of the late unhappy adventure he had fallen into, and that in such a manner, that there was nobody in the world but herself and him that were acquainted with it, no, not the very person that was with him.
Worst of all, Mr Johnson, is explicit in saying we should not worry about coming out of the Single Market and Customs Union - although he carefully avoids a recommendation - and, in a circumlocution characteristically devoid of numbers or precise meaning, says that "the economic benefits of membership are nothing like as conspicuous or irrefutable as is sometimes claimed".