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periphrasis

[puh-rif-ruh-sis] /pəˈrɪf rə sɪs/
noun, plural periphrases
[puh-rif-ruh-seez] /pəˈrɪf rəˌsiz/ (Show IPA)
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] /ˈpɛr əˌfreɪz/ (Show IPA)
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Origin
1525-1535
1525-35; < Latin < Greek períphrasis. See peri-, phrase, -sis
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British Dictionary definitions for periphrase

periphrasis

/pəˈrɪfrəsɪs/
noun (pl) -rases (-rəˌsiːz)
1.
a roundabout way of expressing something; circumlocution
2.
an expression of this kind
Word Origin
C16: via Latin from Greek, from peri- + phrazein to declare
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Word Origin and History for periphrase

periphrasis

n.

1530s, from Latin periphrasis "circumlocution," from Greek periphrasis, from periphrazein "speak in a roundabout way," from peri- "round about" (see peri-) + phrazein "to express" (see phrase (n.)).

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