- the use of an unnecessarily long or roundabout form of expression; circumlocution.
- an expression phrased in such fashion.
Also per·i·phrase [per-uh-freyz] /ˈpɛr əˌfreɪz/.
Origin of periphrasis
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Related Words for periphraseredundancy, verbosity, circumlocution, loquacity, prolixity, pleonasm, floridity, tautology, periphrasis, expansiveness, euphemism, diffuseness, wordiness, roundabout, verbiage, indirectness, discursiveness, periphrase, verbality
Examples from the Web for periphrase
Historical Examples of periphrase
The words inclined to think seems a periphrase for secret infidelity.Calamities and Quarrels of Authors
- a roundabout way of expressing something; circumlocution
- an expression of this kind
Word Origin for periphrasis
C16: via Latin from Greek, from peri- + phrazein to declare
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