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English definition of “circumlocution”


noun [C or U]     /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.Digressing and being indirect or evasiveMoving in order to avoid contactNot saying much circumlocutory     /-tər.i/ US  /-t̬ɚ.i/ adjective
(Definition of circumlocution noun from the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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