Circumlocution meaning

sʉrkəmlōkyu′shən
A roundabout or indirect way of speaking; the use of more words than necessary to express an idea.
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A roundabout, indirect, or lengthy way of expressing something; periphrasis.
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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."

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A roundabout expression. See also euphemism.
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An instance of this.
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Origin of circumlocution

  • From Latin circumlocūtiō (“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”).
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