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circumlocutory Line breaks: cir¦cum|lo¦cu|tory
Pronunciation: /ˌsəːkəmˈlɒkjʊt(ə)ri/

Definition of circumlocutory in English:


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.
rare pleonastic, circumlocutionary, ambagious

Words that rhyme with circumlocutory

bijouterie, charcuterie
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