periphrastic

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

Borrowed from Ancient Greek περιφραστικός (periphrastikós), from περίφρασις (períphrasis, periphrasis).

Pronunciation[edit]

  • (UK) IPA(key): /ˌpɛ.ɹɪˈfɹæ.stik/
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  • (Canada) IPA(key): /ˌpɛ.ɹəˈfɹæ.stɪk/
  • (US) IPA(key): /ˌpɛ.ɹəˈfɹæ.stɪk/
  • Rhymes: -æstɪk

Adjective[edit]

periphrastic (comparative more periphrastic, superlative most periphrastic)

  1. Expressed in more words than are necessary.
  2. Indirect in naming an entity; circumlocutory.
  3. (grammar) Characterized by periphrasis.
    “The daughter of the man” may be used as a periphrastic synonym for “the man’s daughter”.

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