- 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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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
C16: via Latin from Greek, from peri- + phrazein to declare
Word Origin and History for periphrase
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