Definition of circumlocution noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

 

circumlocution

 noun
noun
BrE BrE//ˌsɜːkəmləˈkjuːʃn//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˌsɜːrkəmləˈkjuːʃn//
 
[uncountable, countable](formal) Linguistic devices
 
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using more words than are necessary, instead of speaking or writing in a clear, direct way See related entries: Linguistic devices Word Origin late Middle English: from Latin circumlocutio(n-) (translating Greek periphrasis), from circum ‘around’ + locutio(n-) from loqui ‘speak’.
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: circumlocution