noun, plural pe·riph·ra·ses [puh-rif-ruh-seez] /pəˈrɪf rəˌsiz/.
Origin of periphrasis
Examples from the Web for periphrasis
It is to be hoped this new word may be admitted, as the laying of eggs cannot otherwise be expressed without a periphrasis.An Introduction to Entomology: Vol. I (of 4)|William Kirby
His classical fancy, his elegant turn for periphrasis and his venomous sting alike made him the idol of that urbane age.
The greatest is the making the very dispensation objected to, the periphrasis of his title.The Works of Alexander Pope, Volume 2 (of 10)|Alexander Pope
None, I suppose, would dispute the fact that periphrasis tends much to sublimity.On the Sublime|Longinus
Owing to the vagueness of the word this must be translated here by a periphrasis such as "an individual is formed."Harvey's Views on the Use of the Circulation of the Blood|John G. Curtis