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Definition indirect — while traveling somewhere, or in saying or doing something
  • It's a long and circuitous journey up the mountain road.
circuitous = indirect (winding rather than straight)
  • The explanation was circuitous and puzzling.
  • circuitous = indirect (not straightforward)
  • I took a circuitous path from my first job to finally finding my current profession.
  • circuitous = not direct
  • We took a circuitous route back to our hotel so we could see more of the city.
  • circuitous = indirect (not the straightest or quickest)
  • I've just decided to try and loop back around, although it will require miles of travel away from the inferno and then a very circuitous route back, when...
    Suzanne Collins  --  The Hunger Games
  • circuitous = indirect (longer because it is not straight)
  • We take a circuitous route back to the ten o'clock beach.
    Suzanne Collins  --  Catching Fire
  • circuitous = indirect
  • Horses and ponies had been sent round by circuitous paths to meet them at their appointed landing-place.
    J.R.R. Tolkien  --  The Hobbit
  • circuitous = indirect
  • Why adopt a circuitous form of speech?
    Dickens, Charles  --  Our Mutual Friend
  • In this case, its affinities to the other fourteen new species will be of a curious and circuitous nature.
    Darwin, Charles  --  The Origin of Species
  • The wheelings, the charges, the advances, and the circuitous retreats, were like the flights of circling swallows.
    Cooper, James Fenimore  --  The Prairie
  • Meanwhile Giovanni had pursued a circuitous route, and at length found himself at the door of his lodgings.
    Hawthorne, Nathaniel  --  Mosses From An Old Manse and other stories
  • I have received it on no circuitous information; it has come to me direct.
    Dickens, Charles  --  Little Dorrit
  • Hunt had crossed the Rocky Mountains was very bad and circuitous, and that he knew one much shorter and easier.
    Irving, Washington  --  Astoria or Anecdotes  of an enterprise beyond the Rocky Mountains
  • began Gringoire again, seeking to return to his question by a circuitous route.
    Hugo, Victor  --  Notre-Dame de Paris
  • It crossed Broadway from out the shadow of Twenty-sixth Street, and, in a halting, circuitous way, arrived close to the waiting figure.
    Theodore Dreiser  --  Sister Carrie
  • The wheelings, the charges, the advances, and the circuitous retreats, were like the flights of circling swallows.
    James Fenimore Cooper  --  The Prairie
  • 'I have received it on no circuitous information; it has come to me direct.'
    Charles Dickens  --  Little Dorrit
  • I encountered a couple of hungry-looking dogs, but both hurried circuitously away from the advances I made them.
    H.G. Wells  --  The War of the Worlds
  • I am returning to it by a somewhat circuitous route.
    Agatha Christie  --  Murder On The Orient Express
  • Rocher led Kohler up a handicapped ramp on a circuitous route into the Apostolic Palace.
    Dan Brown  --  Angels & Demons

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