circumlocution

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Etymology[edit]

From Latin circumlocūtiō (the act of speaking around; circumlocution, periphrasis). Surface analysis circum- (around) +‎ locution (talk); see these for related terms. Probably a calque of Ancient Greek περίφρασις (períphrasis, periphrasis).

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  • (UK) IPA(key): /ˌsɜː(ɹ).kəm.ləˈkjuː.ʃən̩/
  • (US) IPA(key): /sɚkəmloʊˈkjuʃən̩/

Noun[edit]

circumlocution (plural circumlocutions)

  1. A roundabout or indirect way of speaking; the use of more words than necessary to express an idea.
  2. A roundabout expression. See also euphemism

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