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pe·riph·ra·sis

 (pə-rĭf′rə-sĭs)
n. pl. pe·riph·ra·ses (-sēz′)
1. The use of circumlocution.
2. A circumlocution.

[Latin, from Greek, from periphrazein, to express periphrastically : peri-, peri- + phrazein, to say; see gwhren- in Indo-European roots.]

periphrasis

(pəˈrɪfrəsɪs)
n, pl -rases (-rəˌsiːz)
1. a roundabout way of expressing something; circumlocution
2. an expression of this kind
[C16: via Latin from Greek, from peri- + phrazein to declare]

pe•riph•ra•sis

(pəˈrɪf rə sɪs)

n., pl. -ses (-ˌsiz)
1. the use of a verbose or roundabout form of expression; circumlocution.
2. an expression phrased in this way.
3.
a. the use of two or more words instead of an inflected word to express the same grammatical function.
b. an example of this.
[1525–35; < Latin < Greek períphrasis. See peri-, phrase]

periphrasis

1. a roundabout way of speaking or writing; circumlocution.
2. an expression in such fashion. Cf. paraphrasis. — periphrastic, adj.
See also: Language
1. a roundabout way of speaking or writing; circumlocution.
2. an expression in such fashion. See also language. — periphrastic, adj.
See also: Rhetoric and Rhetorical Devices

periphrasis

1. An indirect way of expressing something.
2. A roundabout way of expressing a point.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.periphrasis - a style that involves indirect ways of expressing thingsperiphrasis - a style that involves indirect ways of expressing things
verboseness, verbosity - an expressive style that uses excessive or empty words
Translations

periphrasis

[pəˈrɪfrəsɪs] N (periphrases (pl)) [pəˈrɪfrəsiːz]perífrasis f inv
References in classic literature ?
this is no calamity from which one extricates one's self with periphrases,
All these things might be alleged against Lydgate, but then, they are the periphrases of a polite preacher, who talks of Adam, and would not like to mention anything painful to the pew-renters.
Si l'emploi de noms propres n'est pas rare ici, il use frequemment aussi de periphrases breves et de figures de style, telles le zeugme, aptes a favoriser la concision syntaxique.
Most of the glosses listed at the end of Hymnus in Noctem have typical functions: 1) explaining the use of vocabulary with specific meanings--such as 'insolence' being used to mean 'rareness', and 'the blest' used to mean 'the virtuous'; 2) expounding, in a more detailed fashion, what the periphrases refer to, such as 'Rich-taper'd sanctuary of the blest' standing for 'the Night', because of the relief night it gives to virtuous men, according to a passage in Aratus; and 3) most frequently, the glosses serve as source-giving, either for authorizing the poetic inventions or elucidating them.
It analyzes periphrases with the auxiliary avoir 'to have', but overgenerates broadly, since it implements only a small part of the constraints involved in these constructions.
Figure 2 below, which also divides the data into spoken and written modes, shows that the more analytical forms, that is, the two periphrases (with have and with be), require less adverbial support.
Not the pedantic "Why do you write this or in this manner?" In rereading--what an heroic effort!--my first collection of prose (Gertrudis) and the poems that L'Amic de les Arts published uninterruptedly in every number over its three-year existence, I had to situate myself, with enormous difficulty, in moments of unusually frank optimism so as to hear once more the arguments that support my delusion about the legitimacy of printing my poetic periphrases (circumlocutions?), even if in editions of one hundred copies.
Le document accuse les commissaires de s'en tenir a des periphrases, a des affirmations gratuites et dogmatiques prises sous forme de presumees evidences << cet etablissement est trop gros >> ou d'incitation volontariste << il faut [...] il faut [...] il faut [...] >> (CMD, 1984).
Three research questions guide this investigation: (1) what grammatical aspects are associated with the gerund periphrases in Puerto Rican-Saint Croix Spanish; (2) which lexical aspects are predominant in the gerund periphrases; and (3) what is the behavior of the gerund in Puerto Rican-Saint Croix Spanish in comparison to Puerto Rican Spanish in Puerto Rico, where Spanish/English contact is not as intense as in Saint Croix.
--speech troubles--the patient cannot find his words, even for simple notions--he names the object by the category which includes it or by periphrases (something to write with, instead of pencil, for example);
The term 'adjektivische Periphrase' was coined by Bjorck (1940) specifically to distinguish this type of 'adjectival' construction from 'truly' periphrastic constructions, inter alia progressive periphrases of the type illustrated in (1), after which Bjorck named his work.