Circumlocution - definition, pronunciation, transcription

Amer.  |ˌsɜːrkəmləˈkjuːʃn|  American pronunciation of the word circumlocution
Brit.  |ˌsəːkəmləˈkjuːʃ(ə)n|  British pronunciation of the word circumlocution

noun

- a style that involves indirect ways of expressing things (syn: ambage, periphrasis)
- an indirect way of expressing something

Examples

He was criticized for his use of circumlocution.

I'm trying to avoid circumlocutions in my writing.

Word forms

noun
singular: circumlocution
plural: circumlocutions
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