Origin of circumlocution
Examples from the Web for circumlocutory
Stammering becomes more eloquent than oratory, a child's impulsiveness wiser than circumlocutory experience.Albert Durer|T. Sturge Moore
It is only thus that we can become free—by a circumlocutory process of self-abnegation, self-sacrifice and self-annihilation.Discourses of Keidansky|Bernard G. Richards
Herbert has a circumlocutory manner over the phone which irritates me.Sight Unseen|Mary Roberts Rinehart
The practice thus forced upon one in employing a Chinese servant is useful in preventing a circumlocutory habit of speech.
To come to the point, without any circumlocutory delay, I am a young man with aspirations far above my station in life.Ruth Hall|Fanny Fern
c.1400, from Latin circumlocutionem (nominative circumlocutio) "a speaking around" (the topic), from circum- "around" (see circum-) + locutionem (nominative locutio) "a speaking," noun of action from past participle stem of loqui "to speak" (see locution). A loan-translation of Greek periphrasis (see periphrasis).
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.”