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periphrasis

[ puh-rif-ruh-sis ]
/ p蓹藞r瑟f r蓹 s瑟s /
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noun, plural pe路riph路ra路ses [puh-rif-ruh-seez]. /p蓹藞r瑟f r蓹藢siz/.
the use of an unnecessarily long or roundabout form of expression; circumlocution.
an expression phrased in such fashion.
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Also per路i路phrase [per-uh-freyz]. /藞p蓻r 蓹藢fre瑟z/.

Origin of periphrasis

1525鈥35; <Latin <Greek per铆phrasis.See peri-, phrase, -sis
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British Dictionary definitions for periphrasis

periphrasis
/ (p蓹藞r瑟fr蓹s瑟s) /

noun plural -rases (-r蓹藢si藧z)
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
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition 漏 William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 漏 HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012
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