circumlocution
[ sur-kuhm-loh-kyoo-shuhn ]
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Part of Speech noun
Origin + Etymology
Late Middle English; Latin from Latin circumlocutio(n- ) (translating Greek periphrasis ), from circum ‘around’ + locutio(n- ) from loqui ‘speak’
Synonyms
  • diffuseness
  • discursiveness
  • euphemism
  • indirectness
  • pleonasm
  • prolixity
  • roundabout
  • tautology
  • verbiage
  • wordiness
Antonyms
  • conciseness
  • directness
  • straightforwardness
  • terseness
Definition
the use of many words where fewer would do, especially in a deliberate attempt to be vague or evasive
Example
Daniel finally admitted to his adultery after years of circumlocution.
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