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circumlocution


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  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Circumlocution  \Cir`cum*lo*cu"tion\,  n.  [L.  circumlocutio,  fr 
  circumloqui  -locutus,  to  make  use  of  circumlocution;  circum 
  +  loqui  to  speak.  See  {Loquacious}.] 
  The  use  of  many  words  to  express  an  idea  that  might  be 
  expressed  by  few  indirect  or  roundabout  language;  a 
  periphrase. 
 
  the  plain  Billingsgate  way  of  calling  names  .  .  .  would 
  save  abundance  of  time  lost  by  circumlocution.  --Swift. 
 
  {Circumlocution  office},  a  term  of  ridicule  for  a 
  governmental  office  where  business  is  delayed  by  passing 
  through  the  hands  of  different  officials. 
 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
 
  circumlocution 
  n  1:  a  style  that  involves  indirect  ways  of  expressing  things 
  [syn:  {periphrasis}] 
  2:  an  indirect  way  of  expressing  something  [syn:  {indirect 
  expression}] 




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