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Wednesday, January 14, 2015

Definitions for periphrasis

  1. the use of an unnecessarily long or roundabout form of expression; circumlocution.
  2. an expression phrased in such fashion.

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Citations for periphrasis
He had a cunning mastery of periphrasis, and a telling command of adverbs. P. G. Wodehouse, Not George Washington, 1907
I feel that there is one cliché that sums up my position so admirably that it would be pure egotism to attempt a more interesting periphrasis. Deborah Meyler, The Bookstore, 2013
Origin of periphrasis
Periphrasis comes from the Greek word períphrasis from the prefix peri- meaning "around" and phrazein meaning "to declare."