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circumlocution

cir·cum·lo·cu·tion

circumlocution

 
pronunciation:
suhr km lo kyu shn
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part of speech: noun
definition 1: the use of roundabout, indirect, or evasive language in speech or writing.
He filled his essay with circumlocution in an attempt to fill up five pages on a topic he knew little about.
synonyms:
periphrasis
similar words:
pleonasm, verbiage
definition 2: a roundabout or indirect expression.
synonyms:
indirection, periphrasis
similar words:
digression, newspeak, tautology
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derivation: circumlocutory (adj.)
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