Over many pages, Proust vividly mimics the elaborately circumlocutious mode of speech of the elderly diplomat.
Like the elaborately choreographed escape from default, it was a signal moment of Washington unreality, more farce than tragedy.
1590s, "produced by labor," from Latin elaboratus, past participle of elaborare "to exert oneself" (see elaboration). Meaning "very detailed" is from 1620s.
c.1600, "to build up from simple elements," from Latin elaboratus, past participle of elaborare (see elaboration). Meaning "to work out in detail" is attested from 1610s. Related: Elaborated; elaborating.