periphrase

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Latin periphrasis from Ancient Greek περίφρασις (períphrasis), from περιφράζομαι (periphrázomai, I consider all sides of an issue), from περί (perí, around) + φράζω (phrázō, I show, point out). See phrase.

Pronunciation[edit]

  • (UK) IPA(key): /ˈpɛɹiː.fɹeɪz/
  • Homophones: paraphrase (if the second vowel is pronounced as a schwa, as it sometimes is)

Noun[edit]

periphrase (plural periphrases)

  1. (rhetoric) The use of more words than are necessary to express the idea; a roundabout, or indirect, way of speaking; circumlocution.
    • (Can we date this quote?) De Quincey,
      To describe by enigmatic periphrases.

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Verb[edit]

periphrase (third-person singular simple present periphrases, present participle periphrasing, simple past and past participle periphrased)

  1. (transitive) To express by periphrase or circumlocution.
  2. (intransitive) To use circumlocution.

References[edit]

Part or all of this entry has been imported from the 1913 edition of Webster’s Dictionary, which is now free of copyright and hence in the public domain. The imported definitions may be significantly out of date, and any more recent senses may be completely missing.