An example of periphrasis is someone saying they believe they are able to attend an event, rather than just saying "yes, I'll be there."
- the use of many words where one or a few would do; roundabout way of speaking or writing; circumlocution
- an expression that is an instance of this
Origin of periphrasisClassical Latin from Classical Greek from peri-, around + phrazein, to speak
- The use of circumlocution.
- A circumlocution.
Origin of periphrasisLatin from Greek from periphrazein to express periphrastically peri- peri- phrazein to say ; see gwhren- in Indo-European roots.
- The use of a longer expression instead of a shorter one with a similar meaning, for example "I am going to" instead of "I will".
- (linguistics) Expressing a grammatical meaning (such as a tense) using a syntactic construction rather than morphological marking.
- (rhetoric) The substitution of a descriptive word or phrase for a proper name (a species of circumlocution)
- (rhetoric) The use of a proper name as a shorthand to stand for qualities associated with it.
From Ancient Greek Ï€ÎµÏÎ¯Ï†ÏÎ±ÏƒÎ¹Ï‚ (periphrasis).