Definition of Circumlocutory

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 Circumlocutory

1. a. Characterised by circumlocution; periphrastic.

Definition of Circumlocutory

1. Adjective. Characterised by circumlocution; periphrastic. ¹

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Definition of Circumlocutory

1. [adj]

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Circumlocutory

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

Literary usage of Circumlocutory

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1. Thirty Years' View; Or, A History of the Working of the American Government by Thomas Hart Benton (1856)
"These resolutions, although the sense is involved in circumlocutory phrases, are intelligible to the point, that Congress has no power to prohibit slavery ..."

2. The Monthly Review by Ralph Griffiths (1802)
"... than by a circumlocutory phraseology. In this point of Tiew, we can have ио objection to admit Mr. Pearson's construction of the words principle ai.d ..."

3. A Vindication of the Most Reverend Thomas Cranmer, Lord Archbishop of by Henry John Todd (1826)
"... upon which Sanders founded his tale, has not been stated ? and that their cold and circumlocutory avowal of not believing the tale, (without the proper ..."

4. Christ's Plan of Salvation by Samuel Fletcher Cook (1896)
"With no circumlocutory review of the condition of fallen man, it prays for the spread of the gospel—"thy kingdom come, thy will be done on earth as it is in ..."

5. A Dictionary of the English Language by Samuel Johnson, John Walker, Robert S. Jameson (1828)
"AMBAGES, (am ba'-jez) ns A circuit of words ; a circumlocutory form of speech. AMA/OMAN, (^ra-a-zo'-ne-an) a. Warlike ; relating to the Amazons. ..."

6. Analysis of the Phenomena of the Human Mind by James Mill (1869)
"For these several motives, in the cases which are not considered as in excess, we have none but circumlocutory names ; as, love of eating; love of drinking; ..."

7. Princeton Theological Review by Princeton Theological Seminary (1913)
"But the Old Testament likewise has this as a mere personification. We cannot even be certain that the circumlocutory use has influenced the Prologue. ..."

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