QUIZ YOURSELF ON "WAS" VS. "WERE"!
Origin of circumlocution
OTHER WORDS FROM circumlocutioncir·cum·loc·u·to·ry [sur-kuhm-lok-yuh-tawr-ee, -tohr-ee], /ˌsɜr kəmˈlɒk yəˌtɔr i, -ˌtoʊr i/, cir·cum·lo·cu·tion·al, cir·cum·lo·cu·tion·ar·y, adjectiveun·cir·cum·loc·u·to·ry, adjective
Words nearby circumlocution
Example sentences from the Web for circumlocution
On Monday, Mitt Romney stumbled into another ugly-yet-true circumlocution.
Mr. Kedge, without any circumlocution, asked whether he remembered any clerk of the name of Gordon having been in the house.Elster's Folly|Mrs. Henry Wood
I took him outside the camp and without any circumlocution related the facts concerning his sister and Kirst.A Virginia Scout|Hugh Pendexter
He always disdained circumlocution, prided himself upon the directness and simplicity of his address.At Last|Marion Harland
The Polish composer Sowinski declared without circumlocution that Chopin "wrote admirably for the orchestra."Frederick Chopin as a Man and Musician|Frederick Niecks
I have little time and no taste for circumlocution; I cannot conceal from myself that I am no favorite with your sister.Barrington|Charles James Lever
British Dictionary definitions for circumlocution
Derived forms of circumlocutioncircumlocutory (ˌsɜːkəmˈlɒkjʊtərɪ, -trɪ), adjective
Cultural definitions for circumlocution
Roundabout speech or writing: “The driveway was not unlike that military training device known as an obstacle course” is a circumlocution for “The driveway resembled an obstacle course.” Circumlocution comes from Latin words meaning “speaking around.”