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 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 circumlocūtiō circumlocūtiōn- from circumlocūtus past participle of circumloquī circum- circum- loquī to speak ; see tolkw- in Indo-European roots.