Definition of circumlocutory in English:


Syllabification: cir·cum·loc·u·to·ry
Pronunciation: /ˌsərkəmˈläkyəˌtôrē


  • Using many words where fewer would do, especially in a deliberate attempt to be vague or evasive; long-winded: he has a meandering, circumlocutory speaking style
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    • Breakfast rooms across India display a vista of glazed eyes ploughing wearily through the turgid, circumlocutory language of the morning papers.
    • After 20 years in the Senate, he has developed a meandering, circumlocutory speaking style.
    • Other television station announcers had been less circumlocutory in declaring the result.

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