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Pronunciation:  `surkumlow'kyooshun

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [n]  an indirect way of expressing something
  2. [n]  a style that involves indirect ways of expressing things

CIRCUMLOCUTION is a 14 letter word that starts with C.


 Synonyms: indirect expression, periphrasis
 See Also: equivocation, evasion, verboseness, verbosity



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
\Cir`cum*lo*cu"tion\, n. [L. circumlocutio, fr.
circumloqui, -locutus, to make use of circumlocution; circum
+ loqui to speak. See {Loquacious}.]
The use of many words to express an idea that might be
expressed by few; indirect or roundabout language; a

      the plain Billingsgate way of calling names . . . would
      save abundance of time lost by circumlocution. --Swift.

{Circumlocution office}, a term of ridicule for a
   governmental office where business is delayed by passing
   through the hands of different officials.

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