circumlocutory love

Definitions

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  • adj. Characterised by circumlocution; periphrastic.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Characterised by circumlocution; periphrastic.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Exhibiting circumlocution; periphrastic.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adj. roundabout and unnecessarily wordy

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Examples

  • The challenge for the novice was to spot the bogus stuff, but Mikey deliberately made it harder by being coy and circumlocutory about genuine matters too.

    It's October, 1956.

  • The tautological, circumlocutory argument of American Exceptionalism can be stated thusly: “We are on a providentially inspired mission and are guided by a ‘Higher Power’, therefore whatever our actions or policies, we cannot be in the wrong.”

    American Exceptionalism

  • Which brings me, by a circumlocutory route to be sure, to some recent eruptions about yours truly by that petulant chihuahua Kathy Shaidle.

    Archive 2008-05-01

  • The rest of us, who find her circumlocutory speech patterns as abrasive as nails on a blackboard, are doomed to a future of listening to her butcher the English language.

    CNN Transcript Dec 3, 2008

  • But when I came to praise a faux professor of circumlocutory nonsense had razed the image immaculate – leaving a specious burst of wretched toadying.

    Silence As Magnanimous Respect

  • “I have the distinct pleasure …,” he began in his droll, circumlocutory, Austrian-sounding speech.

    Kipnis and Perel: A Literary Submission

  • He tells us in his circumlocutory way that he is not a licensed architect—he dropped out during a family emergency and never completed his degree—but has designed and built many homes in the area.

    Gringos in Paradise

  • Multimillion dollar bids, tax troubles in Japan and some circumlocutory matchmaking for celebrity supermodel Kate Moss--that's how the venturous Virgin Group boss Sir Richard Branson saw in the new year.

    U.K. Faces Of The Week, Jan. 2-6

  • Multimillion dollar bids, tax troubles in Japan and some circumlocutory matchmaking for celebrity supermodel Kate Moss--it's only how the venturous Virgin Group boss Sir Richard Branson is seeing in the new year.

    Richard Branson's Busy Start To 2006

  • On Sunday, I noted First Things editor Richard John Neuhaus's circumlocutory expression of unsurprise at the forced resignation of America editor Thomas Reese: It would be fair to say that during the pontificate of John Paul II that America apparently saw itself or at least certainly read as a magazine of what some would describe as the loyal opposition.

    Philocrites: May 2005 Archives

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