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