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Wednesday, October 27, 1999

Definitions for circumlocution

  1. The use of many words to express an idea that might be expressed by few; indirect or roundabout language.

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Citations for circumlocution
Dickens gave us the classic picture of official heartlessness: the government Circumlocution Office, burial ground of hope in "Little Dorrit." , New York Times
In a delightful circumlocution, the Fed chairman said that "investors are probably revisiting expectations of domestic earnings growth". , Irish Times
Origin of circumlocution
late Middle English
Circumlocution comes from Latin circumlocutio, circumlocution-, from circum, "around" + loquor, loqui, "to speak."
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