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Word: circumlocution

Definition: indirect or roundabout expression (by using an uncecessarily large number of words esp. when trying to avoid answering a difficult question directly)


Sentences Containing 'circumlocution'

A like ambiguity and circumlocution seem to run through that philosopher's reasonings on this as well as most other subjects.
``Sir,''said Madame de Saint Meran, without using any circumlocution, and as if fearing she had no time to lose,``you wrote to me concerning the marriage of this child?''

More Vocab Words

::: countenance - approve; support; tolerate; Ex. countenance his rude behavior; N: face; appearance
::: insinuate - hint; imply; suggest indirectly; creep in; introduce or insert (oneself) by artful means; Ex. insinuate himself into the boss's favor; CF. ingratiate
::: ungainly - (of someone) awkward in movement; clumsy; (of something) unwieldy; Ex. ungainly dancer/instrument
::: dummy - imitation of a real object used as a substitute; effigy
::: rhapsody - excessively enthusiastic expression of feeling; musical composition of irregular form (as if made up as one plays it)
::: concordat - formal agreement
::: tribute - tax levied by a ruler; payment made by one nation to another in acknowledgment of submission; mark of respect (such as praise or gift); Ex. pay tribute to
::: distend - expand; swell out
::: muddle - confuse; mix up confusedly; N: state of confusion
::: munificent - very generous in giving; Ex. munificent benefactor; N. munificience