periphrasis


pe·riph·ra·sis

noun \pə-ˈri-frə-səs\
plural pe·riph·ra·ses\-ˌsēz\

Definition of PERIPHRASIS

1
:  use of a longer phrasing in place of a possible shorter form of expression
2
:  an instance of periphrasis

Examples of PERIPHRASIS

  1. <congressional hearings into the Watergate scandal were marked by an orgy of periphrasis, the expression at this point in time being a memorable example>

Origin of PERIPHRASIS

Latin, from Greek, from periphrazein to express periphrastically, from peri- + phrazein to point out
First Known Use: 1533

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