periphrastic

adjective
peri·​phras·​tic | \ ˌper-ə-ˈfra-stik How to pronounce periphrastic (audio) \

Definition of periphrastic

1 : of, relating to, or characterized by periphrasis
2 : formed by the use of function words or auxiliaries instead of by inflection more fair is a periphrastic comparative

Other Words from periphrastic

periphrastically \ ˌper-​ə-​ˈfra-​sti-​k(ə-​)lē How to pronounce periphrastically (audio) \ adverb

First Known Use of periphrastic

1776, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Periphrastic.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/periphrastic. Accessed 29 Oct. 2020.

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