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- n. The condition of being indirect
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. The quality or state of being indirect; obliquity; deviousness; crookedness.
- n. Deviation from an upright or straightforward course; unfairness; dishonesty.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. The condition or quality of being indirect; obliquity; unfairness; dishonesty.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. having the characteristic of lacking a true course toward a goal
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Euphemisms rather use understatement … indirectness … the language of diplomacy.
If they are positive, it is very unlikely that they are large, considering the indirectness of this method of subsidizing education.
Their e-mails were 'tortured haikus of indirectness', so he told me.
The indirectness of metaphor allows clients to work out struggles at their own pace.
Instead of direct confrontation with the brutal events of the last decade, the afterglow is saturated with indirectness, reminiscence, and even nostalgia.
Kellen blushed, and assented, wondering if he'd ever really get the hang of the indirectness of Elven manners.
King went to the cave entrance, to look the new man over; but because he was in Khinjan, and Khinjan in the "Hills," where indirectness is the key to information, he stood for a while at gaze, listening to the thunder of tumbling water and looking at the cliff-edge six feet away that was laid like a knife in the ascending mist.
Urdu is perhaps the politest of written tongues and lends itself most readily to indirectness; but since he did not expect to read a catalogue of exact facts, he was not disappointed.
I am absolutely put off by passive-aggressive behavior, by lying, by indirectness, and by people who go along with anything being said to them.
I've written about the indirectness, the passive-aggressiveness that I find so maddening here.