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periphrastic

[per-uh-fras-tik] /ˌpɛr əˈfræs tɪk/
adjective
1.
circumlocutory; roundabout.
2.
Grammar. noting a construction of two or more words having the same syntactic function as an inflected word, as of Mr. Smith in the son of Mr. Smith, which is equivalent to Mr. Smith's in Mr. Smith's son.
Origin
1795-1805
1795-1805; < Greek periphrastikós, derivative of periphrázein to use periphrasis. See peri-, phrase, -tic
Related forms
periphrastically, adverb
unperiphrastic, adjective
unperiphrastically, adverb
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Examples for periphrastic
  • The first periphrastic conjugation uses the future participle.
British Dictionary definitions for periphrastic

periphrastic

/ˌpɛrɪˈfræstɪk/
adjective
1.
employing or involving periphrasis
2.
expressed in two or more words rather than by an inflected form of one: used esp of a tense of a verb where the alternative element is an auxiliary verb. For example, He does go and He will go involve periphrastic tenses
Derived Forms
periphrastically, adverb
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