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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.]
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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]
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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]
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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
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periphrasis

1. An indirect way of expressing something.
2. A roundabout way of expressing a point.
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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
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Translations

periphrasis

[pəˈrɪfrəsɪs] N (periphrases (pl)) [pəˈrɪfrəsiːz]perífrasis f inv
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A Periphrasis B Peripeteia C Phoneme D Pleonasm 11.
This review includes consideration of the problems of translation: kinaya is not quite the same thing as "metonymy" or "periphrasis" and Hussein is clear that he is, in effect, rewriting English critical vocabulary for his purposes: "we will use the term 'synecdoche' as synonymous for the 'loose trope;' although synecdoche basically covers only one type--the most familiar type--of the loose trope: viz.
Researchers and academic leaders differ greatly in the standards on what is considered a periphrasis. While some ones believe that to get away from plagiarism, they should not have be any trace of the textual copy, even of strings of a few words since the original work (Benos et al., 2005; Roig, 2001), others adopt softer norms allowing the inclusion of more sources in a paraphrase (Keck, 2006; Pecorari, 2008).
Denis Johnson, as Geoff Dyer once put it (fondly), can seem unsure of how a sentence works, and from the fake elegance of periphrasis Henry James gives us no relief.
Prolixity interrupts flow, and periphrasis can create logical confusion.
Most notable in Table 1 is the fact that the present perfect periphrasis, have + past participle (henceforth PP), is by no means the only way of expressing perfect meaning in L1, L2 and ESD varieties of English.
relatives." (24) Her periphrasis strengthened the merits of her
In the first part of the paper, I will give a short historical outline of conditional modality and the use of modal periphrasis in conditional sentences (2.1) and afterwards provide a brief overview of previous research on conditional sentences relevant to this study (2.2).
###abstract, or non-marked terms, as well as periphrasis and