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circumlocution
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Definition an unnecessarily wordy (or possibly evasive, or indirect) way of saying something
  • She isn't known for circumlocution or subtlety.
circumlocution = an unnecessarily wordy (or possibly evasive, or indirect) way of saying something
  • ...for I have now told you everything without an attempt at circumlocution or concealment.
    Doyle, Sir Arthur Conan  --  The Return of Sherlock Holmes
  • This was not however a question to be asked point-blank, and I could not think of any effective circumlocution.
    Conrad, Joseph  --  Chance
  • I hope she forgave me the delay of my clumsy circumlocution.
    Conrad, Joseph  --  Under Western Eyes
  • He spoke without circumlocution, and his tone was graver than usual.
    Oppenheim, E. Phillips  --  The Illustrious Prince
  • His decent reticence is branded as hypocrisy, his circumlocutions are roundly called lies, and his silence is vilified as treachery.
    Maugham, W. Somerset  --  Moon and Sixpence
  • Too anxious to waste time in circumlocution, she turned the conversation at once to the delicate and doubtful subject of the lost letter.
    Collins, Wilkie  --  Man And Wife
  • The circumlocution has been in vain—you must have guessed it—Ikey adored Rosy.
    Henry, O.  --  The Four Million
  • Polite circumlocution would be evidently thrown away on Mrs.
    Collins, Wilkie  --  I Say No
  • " interrupted I—for all this chatter and circumlocution began to bore me very much; "I will consult M.
    Bronte, Charlotte  --  The Professor
  • Losberne, who appeared desirous of gaining time, recounted them at great length, and with much circumlocution.
    Dickens, Charles  --  Oliver Twist Or The Parish Boy's Progress
  • When it came to the forms of address, he would substitute the oddest circumlocutions—that is, if he could not slur over them entirely.
    Thomas Mann  --  The Magic Mountain
  • Mr. Losberne, who appeared desirous of gaining time, recounted them at great length, and with much circumlocution.
    Charles Dickens  --  Oliver Twist
  • He had considered coming to the same conclusion, but not before a long and diplomatic circumlocution.
    Stieg Larsson  --  The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet's Nest
  • Direct, without game, not even nickel phrases of circumlocution.
    Saul Bellow  --  The Adventures of Augie March
  • "I want to get a situation, uncle, so that I may earn some money," said Tom, who never fell into circumlocution.
    George Eliot  --  The Mill on the Floss
  • She had a good honest glance and used no circumlocution.
    George Eliot  --  Middlemarch
  • Too much furniture, too much room, too much emotional refinement, too many circumlocutions.
    Boris Pasternak  --  Doctor Zhivago
  • Both are useful words; it is impossible, not employing them, to convey the ideas behind them without circumlocution.
    Henry L. Mencken  --  The American Language
  • Will said, lowering his finger and closing his hands together, "I mean, to speak without circumlocution, Nick's in jail again.
    John Gardner  --  The Sunlight Dialogues

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