periphrase

periphrasis

[puh-rif-ruh-sis]
noun, plural periphrases [puh-rif-ruh-seez] .
1.
the use of an unnecessarily long or roundabout form of expression; circumlocution.
2.
an expression phrased in such fashion.
Also, periphrase [per-uh-freyz] .


Origin:
1525–35; < Latin < Greek períphrasis. See peri-, phrase, -sis

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periphrasis (pəˈrɪfrəsɪs)
 
n , pl -rases
1.  a roundabout way of expressing something; circumlocution
2.  an expression of this kind
 
[C16: via Latin from Greek, from peri- + phrazein to declare]

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periphrasis
1533, from L. periphrasis "circumlocution," from Gk. periphrasis, from periphrazein "speak in a roundabout way," from peri- "round about" + phrazein "to express."
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