Definition of Circumlocutious

1. Adjective. Roundabout and unnecessarily wordy. "A periphrastic study in a worn-out poetical fashion,/ Leaving one still with the intolerable wrestle/ With words and meanings."




Definition of Circumlocutious

1. Adjective. circumlocutional ¹

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Circumlocutious

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

Literary usage of Circumlocutious

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1. The Red Badge of Courage and Four Stories by Stephen Crane (1997)
"Where Melville is ponderous and circumlocutious, Crane is swift, darting. An entente is established between him ..."

2. Blackwood's Edinburgh Magazine (1864)
"Lest one should doubt this on account of the circumlocutious way in which it is explained, there is a list of the ..."

3. Historical Collections of the State of New Jersey: Containing a General by John Warner Barber, Henry Howe (1844)
"... SIR—I presume to approach you without the ceremony of a formal introduction, by slow advances, in studied phrases, and flattering circumlocutious cant . ..."

4. Higher Lessons in English: A Work on English Grammar and Composition, in by Alonzo Reed, Brainerd Kellogg (1896)
"With what clumsy circumlocutious would our speech be filled if prepositions could never slip the leash of their etymology I What ..."

5. The Jest Book: The Choicest Anecdotes and Sayings by Mark Lemon (1865)
"Henry Erskine met his acquaintance Jemmy Ba—four, a barrister, who dealt in hard words and circumlocutious sentences. Perceiving that his ankle was tied up ..."

6. Our Railroads To-morrow by Edward Hungerford (1922)
"A fairly circumlocutious method was offered by which these gentlemen could occasionally avail themselves of their cars. They declined to avail themselves of ..."

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