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WordNet 3.0Copyright Princeton University


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Plural of: The use of an unnecessarily long or roundabout form of expression; Circumlocution.

Usage examples (35)
  • He that hath complex ideas without names for them, wants liberty and dispatch in his expressions, and is necessitated to use periphrases.
  • This feature of the song serves to explain its inordinate length, for a song may occupy the greater part of a night, apparently without tiring the audience by its verbose...
  • Thus, if we are writing about Charles II., it would be in very bad taste to avoid repeating "he" by using such periphrases as the following: "The third of the Stewarts...
  • Why conceal his weaknesses in a cloud of periphrases? for more
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