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



    BrE BrE//pəˈrɪfrəsɪs//
    ; NAmE NAmE//pəˈrɪfrəsɪs//
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  1. 1(specialist) 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.
  3. Word Originmid 16th cent.: via Latin from Greek, from periphrazein, from peri- ‘around’ + phrazein ‘declare’.
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: periphrasis