Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. The quality, state, or condition of being circuitous or roundabout; circuity: as, the circuitousness of the route led to delay.
- n. The state of being circuitous
“In this 10th anniversary year of 9/11, with renewed danger south of the border, the legend of Pancho Villa is a testament to the mutability — and the circuitousness — of history.”
“Well, this is Paris, M-G-M – a fantasy world of charm and merriment, and of that fabled "Lubitsch touch," which implied charm, provocative circuitousness and gaiety, combined with a slightly bittersweet awareness that all happiness is transient – but isn't it swell while it lasts!”
“ANFRACTUOSITY (from Lat. _anfractuosus_, winding), twisting and turning, circuitousness; a word usually employed in the plural to denote winding channels such as occur in the depths of the sea, mountains, or the fissures (_sulci_) separating the convolutions of the brain, or, by analogy, in the mind.”
“He had to abandon all generalities and circuitousness, and come plump upon the royal sinner with his "Thou art the man.”
“Robin Greenlaw and Peter Lindsay took a way that should lead them far aside from this port, and then with circuitousness home.”
“Indeed I have often wondered whether a woman, when she is in pursuit of any given end, can progress by other methods than an ant, which hath no power of circuitousness, and will climb over a tree with long labour and pain rather than skirt it, if it come in her way.”
“He knew that by this route he would avoid meeting his companions; its difficulties and circuitousness would exercise his feverish limbs and give him time for reflection.”
“The circuitousness of this route, which lay clear enough before the eyes of our two friends upon the eminence -- crawling, as it did, up the woodland slopes with the sinuous course of a serpent -- was yet visible to Ned Hinkley, on his lowlier perch, only at its starting-point, upon the very margin of the lake.”
“In this 10th anniversary year of 9/11, with renewed danger south of the border, the legend of Pancho Villa is a testament to the mutability - and the circuitousness - of history.”
“Which explains why the Montreal Canadiens got a head start on the postseason this weekend with an old chestnut: the circuitousness of the route you take doesn't matter as long as you ultimately reach destination.”
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