periphrasis

[ puh-rif-ruh-sis ]
/ pəˈrɪf rə sɪs /

noun, plural pe·riph·ra·ses [puh-rif-ruh-seez] /pəˈrɪf rəˌsiz/.

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

1525–35; < Latin < Greek períphrasis. See peri-, phrase, -sis
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periphrasis

/ (pəˈrɪfrəsɪs) /

noun plural -rases (-rəˌsiːz)

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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