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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