Definition of circumlocution in English:

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circumlocution

Pronunciation: /ˌsəːkəmləˈkjuːʃ(ə)n/

noun

[mass noun]
The use of many words where fewer would do, especially in a deliberate attempt to be vague or evasive: his admission came after years of circumlocution [count noun]: he used a number of poetic circumlocutions
More example sentences
  • Large bureaucracies seem to inherently foster a culture that favours circumlocution, jargon and euphemism.
  • A certain kind of Briton prefers circumlocution and euphemism for even everyday speech: ‘I wonder if I could trouble you for a glass of water?’
  • In order to refer to that activity, it is necessary to engage in circumlocution or periphrasis.
Synonyms
euphemism
informal beating about the bush

Derivatives

circumlocutional

adjective

circumlocutionary

adjective

circumlocutionist

noun

Origin

Late Middle English: from Latin circumlocutio(n-) (translating Greek periphrasis), from circum 'around' + locutio(n-) from loqui 'speak'.

Words that rhyme with circumlocution

ablution, absolution, allocution, attribution, circumvolution, Confucian, constitution, contribution, convolution, counter-revolution, destitution, dilution, diminution, distribution, electrocution, elocution, evolution, execution, institution, interlocution, irresolution, Lilliputian, locution, perlocution, persecution, pollution, prosecution, prostitution, restitution, retribution, Rosicrucian, solution, substitution, volution

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