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circumlocution

noun [C or U] uk   /ˌsɜː.kəm.ləˈkjuː.ʃən/ us    /ˌsɝː-/ formal
(an example of) an indirect way of saying something, especially something unpleasant: "Economical with the truth" is a circumlocution for "lying". Politicians are experts in circumlocution.
circumlocutory
adjective uk   /-tər.i/ us    /-t̬ɚ.i/
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