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synonyms for circumlocution

  • diffuseness
  • discursiveness
  • euphemism
  • indirectness
  • periphrasis
  • pleonasm
  • prolixity
  • roundabout
  • tautology
  • verbiage
  • wordiness
  • beating around the bush
  • circumambages
  • gassiness
  • periphrase
  • verbal evasion
  • verbality
See also synonyms for: circumlocutionary / circumlocutory

antonyms for circumlocution

MOST RELEVANT
  • conciseness
  • directness
  • straightforwardness
  • terseness
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How to use circumlocution in a sentence

Mr. Kedge, without any circumlocution, asked whether he remembered any clerk of the name of Gordon having been in the house.
ELSTER'S FOLLYMRS. HENRY WOOD
I took him outside the camp and without any circumlocution related the facts concerning his sister and Kirst.
A VIRGINIA SCOUTHUGH PENDEXTER
He always disdained circumlocution, prided himself upon the directness and simplicity of his address.
AT LASTMARION HARLAND
The Polish composer Sowinski declared without circumlocution that Chopin "wrote admirably for the orchestra."
FREDERICK CHOPIN AS A MAN AND MUSICIANFREDERICK NIECKS
I have little time and no taste for circumlocution; I cannot conceal from myself that I am no favorite with your sister.
BARRINGTONCHARLES JAMES LEVER
He got his message out bunglingly, with embarrassed circumlocution and repetition; but this was what it came to in the end.
THE QUALITY OF MERCYW. D. HOWELLS
One gathers, indeed, that the art of running a Circumlocution Office is carried to a high pitch in the political sphere.
AMERICA TO-DAY, OBSERVATIONS AND REFLECTIONSWILLIAM ARCHER
But he considered "that the time had now come to express it without any perambulation or circumlocution."
THE FOURTH ESTATE, VOL.1ARMANDO PALACIO VALDS
Yours without ambiguity, circumlocution, or mental reservation.
LIFE AND CORRESPONDENCE OF DAVID HUME, VOLUME II (OF 2)JOHN HILL BURTON
This, indeed, in part explains why there was so much apparently useless circumlocution in the early stages of the project.
THE PANAMA CANALFREDERIC JENNINGS HASKIN
SYNONYM OF THE DAY
OCTOBER 26, 1985
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WORDS RELATED TO CIRCUMLOCUTION

  • circumlocution
  • diffusion
  • long-windedness
  • prolixity
  • rambling
  • verbiage
  • verboseness
  • verbosity
  • wordage
Roget's 21st Century Thesaurus, Third Edition Copyright © 2013 by the Philip Lief Group.