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circumlocution

noun

Synonyms and Antonyms of circumlocution

  1. 1 deliberate evasion in speech <rather than answering the question directly, he resorted to circumlocution, which made her suspect that he was hiding something> Synonyms equivocation, shuffle, tergiversation Related Words quibbling; ambiguity, ambiguousness, equivocalness, murkiness, nebulousness, obscureness, obscurity, opacity Near Antonyms candor, directness, forthrightness, frankness, openheartedness, openness, plainness, plumpness, straightforwardness

  2. 2 the use of too many words to express an idea <your papers have to be five pages long, but that's five pages of substance, not circumlocution> Synonyms verbiage, diffuseness, diffusion, garrulity, garrulousness, logorrhea, long-windedness, periphrasis, prolixity, redundancy, verbalism, verboseness, verbosity, windiness, wordage, wordinessRelated Words circuitousness, circularity, digressiveness; pleonasm, tautology; reiteration, repetition, repetitiousness, repetitiveness; embellishment, embroidering, exaggeration, hyperbole, overstatementNear Antonyms brevity, briefness, compactness, conciseness, concision, crispness, pithiness, succinctness, terseness





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