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  • adv. With circumlocution.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adv. With circumlocution.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • In a periphrastic manner; with circumlocution.


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  • He, however, could not bring himself to relinquish the idea; for they are thus, in a still more ludicrous manner, periphrastically exhibited in his poem as it now stands:

    Life Of Johnson

  • This it is whose enemies he so vigorously combats -- the frivolous ignoramuses who have no soul for anything but debauchery; the sophistical theologian to whom Helicon, the Castalian fountain, and the grove of Apollo were foolishness; the greedy lawyers, to whom poetry was a superfluity, since no money was to be made by it; finally the mendicant friars, described periphrastically, but clearly enough, who made free with their charges of paganism and immorality.

    The Great Events by Famous Historians, Volume 07

  • In other words, what we have here, periphrastically, is a failure to communicant.

    Right Truth

  • 124 It is nearly a century since Baumgarten.. first applied the term Æsthetic to the doctrine which we vaguely and periphrastically denominate the Philosophy of Taste, the theory of the Fine Arts, the Science of the Beautiful, etc.,—and this term is now in general acceptation, not only in Germany, but throughout the other countries of Europe. THE CRACK.

  • Along the extended row of brick you will begin to discern aproned 'sweeps' clearing the month and a half's accumulated rubbish from the walks, beating carpets on the grass-plots, re-lining with new fire-brick the sheet-iron cylinder-stoves, more famous for their eminent Professor improver (may his shadow never be less!) than for their heating qualities, or furbishing old furniture purchased at incredibly low prices, of the last class, to make good as new for the Freshmen, periphrastically known as 'the young gentlemen who have lately entered college.'

    The Continental Monthly, Vol. 2, No 3, September, 1862 Devoted to Literature and National Policy.

  • (periphrastically styled "the first of the fine arts") is spoken of as "_disgraced_ when turned to sordid purposes," the phrase is

    Tacitus and Bracciolini The Annals Forged in the XVth Century

  • Pass. are often inflected periphrastically (especially in the Opt. and Subj.) by means of an auxiliary (from εἰμί, _to be_. with the participle.]

    Greek in a Nutshell


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  • With circumlocution.

    Date "PERIPHRASTICALLY" was first used in popular English literature: sometime before 1791.

    July 13, 2008