from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. The use of circumlocution.
- n. A circumlocution.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. The use of a longer expression instead of a shorter one with a similar meaning, for example "I am going to" instead of "I will".
- n. Expressing a grammatical meaning (such as a tense) using a syntactic construction rather than morphological marking.
- n. The substitution of a descriptive word or phrase for a proper name (a species of circumlocution)
- n. The use of a proper name as a shorthand to stand for qualities associated with it.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. See periphrase.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A roundabout way of speaking; a roundabout phrase or expression; the use of more words than are necessary to express the idea; a phrase employed to avoid a common and trite manner of expression; circumlocution.
- n. Synonyms Circumlocution, etc. See pleonasm.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. a style that involves indirect ways of expressing things
Latin, from Greek, from periphrazein, to express periphrastically : peri-, peri- + phrazein, to say; see gwhren- in Indo-European roots.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)