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1. Having the nature of or characterized by periphrasis.
2. Grammar Constructed by using an auxiliary word rather than an inflected form; for example, of father is the periphrastic possessive case of father but father's is the inflected possessive case, and did say is the periphrastic past tense of say but said is the inflected past tense.

per′i·phras′ti·cal·ly adv.
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3 Source, location, and goal are marked periphrastically by way of proclitic prepositional elements.
This provides a kind of happy ending to the romantic subplots, which begin on the first page of the book with Dion throwing Jessica out of his house for her blatant lack of fidelity, to put it periphrastically.
Though the old power-bloc mindset continues to dominate global politics and trade albeit periphrastically, NAM members must repudiate policies of "encirclement-through-military alliances" and instead step into the tricky territory of peace brokering and promote demilitarization.
It should be added that companionship may also be expressed periphrastically through the coordination of two NP's by way of the conjunction la "and": bazar-o dis game gamc-o-ki ma la di ben-e-m "On Friday, I go to the mosque with my two sisters (me and my two sisters)" (Friday-OBL day go.
In periphrastically translating the word play that turns on the double meaning of verter (as translate and spill), Covarrubias effectively undermines his critique of translation "conforme a la letra.
For the subjunctive, optative and participle moods there are only a few examples, and it is not quite clear whether they should be interpreted periphrastically.
The choric ode, which begins with line 718, speaks periphrastically of a bride and bridegroom, "a man with a maid" (l.
The consistent pattern can generally be illustrated by means of the first--involving an equative and specifying predication with main verb was, whose subject is a definite noun phrase (this bleak place overgrown with nettles) and whose complement is a definite noun phrase (the churchyard) giving the common name of the object or entity periphrastically characterised by the subject.