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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 of circumlocution equivocation, shuffle, tergiversation Words Related to circumlocution quibbling; ambiguity, ambiguousness, equivocalness, murkiness, nebulousness, obscureness, obscurity, opacity Near Antonyms of circumlocution 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 of circumlocution verbiage, diffuseness, diffusion, garrulity, garrulousness, logorrhea, long-windedness, periphrasis, prolixity, redundancy, verbalism, verboseness, verbosity, windiness, wordage, wordinessWords Related to circumlocution circuitousness, circularity, digressiveness; pleonasm, tautology; reiteration, repetition, repetitiousness, repetitiveness; embellishment, embroidering, exaggeration, hyperbole, overstatementNear Antonyms of circumlocution brevity, briefness, compactness, conciseness, concision, crispness, pithiness, succinctness, terseness



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