circumlocution


cir·cum·lo·cu·tion

noun \ˌsər-kəm-lō-ˈkyü-shən\

: the use of many words to say something that could be said more clearly and directly by using fewer words

Full Definition of CIRCUMLOCUTION

1
:  the use of an unnecessarily large number of words to express an idea
2
:  evasion in speech
cir·cum·loc·u·to·ry \-ˈlä-kyə-ˌtr-ē\ adjective

Examples of CIRCUMLOCUTION

  1. He was criticized for his use of circumlocution.
  2. I'm trying to avoid circumlocutions in my writing.

Origin of CIRCUMLOCUTION

Middle English circumlocucyon, from Latin circumlocution-, circumlocutio, from circum- + locutio speech, from loqui to speak
First Known Use: 15th century

Other Grammar and Linguistics Terms

ablaut, allusion, anacoluthon, diacritic, gerund, idiom, infinitive, metaphor, semiotics, simile

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