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)kəmləˈkjuːʃən/
  • (US) IPA(key): /ˌsɝrkəmˌləˈkjuʃən/
  • Rhymes: -uːʃən
  • Hyphenation: cir‧cum‧lo‧cu‧tion

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.

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