Simple Definition of circumlocution
: 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
Examples of circumlocution
He was criticized for his use of circumlocution.
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
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