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



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 Originlate 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