From Latincircumlocūtiō (“the act of speaking around; circumlocution, periphrasis”). Surface analysis circum- (“around”) + locution (“talk”); see these for related terms. Probably a calque of Ancient Greek περίφρασις (periphrasis, “periphrasis”).
Circumlocution Sentence Examples
The style is wearisome and prolix, attaining to precision at the expense of circumlocution, and setting forth the smallest particulars with the same distinctness as the main features of the narrative.
His prose writings gained great reputation in their own day, and long afterwards, but are disfigured by apparent straining after effect, and by frequent puerility and circumlocution.
Swift inoculated the Scriblerus Club with his own hatred of pedantry, cant and circumlocution.
circumlocution used to avoid the use of " I " which might have seemed arrogant.
(6) No marginal notes at all to be affixed, but only for the explanation of the Hebrew or Greek words which cannot, without some circumlocution, so briefly and fitly be expressed in the text.