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[sur-kuh m-ben-duh-buh s]
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noun, plural cir·cum·bend·i·bus·es. Informal.
  1. a roundabout way; circumlocution.
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Origin of circumbendibus

1675–85; circum- + bend1 + Latin -ibus ablative plural ending
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Historical Examples

  • And believe I will just fancy I see this place too; it sounds rather a "circumbendibus" for us this journey.

    From Edinburgh to India & Burmah

    William G. Burn Murdoch

British Dictionary definitions for circumbendibus


  1. jocular a circumlocution
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Word Origin

C17: coined from circum- + bend 1, with a pseudo-Latin ending
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