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circumlocution

noun

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1 deliberate evasion in speech
  • rather than answering the question directly, he resorted to circumlocution, which made her suspect that he was hiding something

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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

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The first known use of circumlocution was circa 1518

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“Circumlocution.” Merriam-Webster.com Thesaurus, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/thesaurus/circumlocution. Accessed 6 May. 2021.

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