Definition of Circumlocution

1. Noun. A style that involves indirect ways of expressing things.

Exact synonyms: Ambage, Periphrasis
Generic synonyms: Verboseness, Verbosity
Derivative terms: Ambagious, Circumlocutious, Periphrastic



2. Noun. An indirect way of expressing something.
Exact synonyms: Indirect Expression
Generic synonyms: Equivocation, Evasion
Derivative terms: Circumlocutious

Definition of Circumlocution

1. n. The use of many words to express an idea that might be expressed by few; indirect or roundabout language; a periphrase.

Definition of Circumlocution

1. Noun. A roundabout or indirect way of speaking; the use of more words than necessary to express an idea. ¹

2. Noun. A roundabout expression. See also euphemism ¹

¹ Source: wiktionary.com

Definition of Circumlocution

1. [n -S]

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Circumlocution

circumgyratory
circumincession
circumincessions
circumintestinal
circumjacence
circumjacencies
circumjacency
circumjacent
circumjacently
circumjovial
circumjovials
circumlental
circumlenticular
circumlittoral
circumlocute
circumlocution (current term)
circumlocutional
circumlocutionary
circumlocutions
circumlocutious
circumlocutory
circumlunar
circummandibular
circummandibular fixation
circummeridian
circummultiple
circummur'd
circummure
circummured
circummures

Literary usage of Circumlocution

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1. Composition for College Students by Joseph Morris Thomas, Frederick Alexander Manchester, Frank William Scott (1922)
"No public business of any kind could possibly be done at any time, without the acquiescence of the circumlocution Office. Its finger was in the largest ..."

2. Heroes and Heroines of Fiction: Modern Prose and Poetry; Famous Characters by William Shepard Walsh (1914)
"It was equally impossible to do the plainest right and to undo the plainest wrong, without the express authority of the circumlocution Office. ..."

3. Heroes and Heroines of Fiction: Modern Prose and Poetry by William Shepard Walsh (1914)
"circumlocution Office, a term invented by Dickens in Little Dorrit (1855) to satirize the red tape and consequent waste of time and money in British public ..."

4. The Life of Charles Dickens by John Forster (1874)
"The circumlocution heroes led to the Society scenes, the Hampton-court ... Society, the circumlocution Office, and Mr. Gowan, are of course three parts of ..."

5. Progressive Exercises in English Composition by Richard Green Parker (1875)
"Same in circumlocution. Mankind. The human race. The sun shines. ... When a circumlocution is used to avoid the harshness or the impropriety of plain ..."

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