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- adj. circumlocutional
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- adj. roundabout and unnecessarily wordy
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I've been reading some Mexican newspapers on line and on paper lately, and I find that their language is a sort of stilted, circumlocutious style.
January 21st, 2010 at 5: 56 pm noseeum says: sorry, circumlocutious
“I wanted to be able to re-ask the questions if she was circumlocutious.”
But when he talked about assassination plots, he became very orotund and he became, in his words, circumlocutious.
"During my recent interxiew with her, she was her usual circumlocutious self."
This assurance had so facilitated the flow of her circumlocutious diction that, as I listened, I had a curious sense that she was performing a trick analogous to that of the conjuror who pulls hundreds of yards of white paper out of his mouth.
Henry Erskine met his acquaintance Jemmy Ba -- four, a barrister, who dealt in hard words and circumlocutious sentences.
The thought has often recurred to me -- which is the most truly pure and virginal nature, the fastidious American girl, who blushes at the sight of a pair of boots outside a gentleman's bedroom door, and who requires that certain unoffending parts of the body and articles of clothing should be designated by delicately circumlocutious terms, or the simple-minded Swedish women, who come into our bedrooms with coffee, and make our fires while we get up and dress, coming and going during all the various stages of the toilet, with the frankest unconsciousness of impropriety?
Writes columnist Norman Chad, "for Kellogg, the shortest distance between two points is a circumlocutious statement.
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