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periphrasis

noun

Synonyms and Antonyms of periphrasis

  1. the use of too many words to express an idea <congressional hearings into the Watergate scandal were marked by an orgy of periphrasis, the expression “at this point in time” being a memorable example> Synonyms circumlocution, diffuseness, diffusion, garrulity, garrulousness, logorrhea, long-windedness, verbiage, 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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