Definition of periphrasis noun from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary

     

    periphrasis

     noun
    noun
    NAmE//pəˈrɪfrəsəs//
     
    [uncountable]
     
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  1. 1(technology) the use of an indirect way of speaking or writing
  2. 2 (grammar) the use of separate words to express a grammatical relationship, instead of verb endings, etc.
periphrastic
 
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NAmE//ˌpɛrəˈfræstɪk//
 
adjective
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