The definition of circumlocution means the use of unneeded words.
An example of circumlocution is the use of the phrase "pass on" instead of "dies."
- a roundabout, indirect, or lengthy way of expressing something; periphrasis
- an instance of this
Origin of circumlocutionMiddle English circumlocucioun ; from Classical Latin circumlocutio: see circum- and amp; locution
- The use of unnecessarily wordy language, especially in being vague or evasive.
- A roundabout or evasive expression: Circumlocutions like “go to the bathroom” are often used in place of words that are considered vulgar or indelicate.
Origin of circumlocutionMiddle English circumlocucioun, from Latin circumloc&umacron;ti&omacron;, circumloc&umacron;ti&omacron;n-, from circumloc&umacron;tus, past participle of circumloqu&imacron; : circum-, circum- + loqu&imacron;, to speak; see tolkw- in Indo-European roots.