circumlocutionary

[ sur-kuhm-loh-kyoo-shuhn ]SEE DEFINITION OF circumlocutionary

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Ted cried, when my father, with some circumlocutionary hesitancy and great delicacy, conveyed his decision to our factotum.

WORD ORIGIN

c.1400, from Latin circumlocutionem (nominative circumlocutio) "a speaking around" (the topic), from circum- "around" (see circum-) + locutionem (nominative locutio) "a speaking," noun of action from past participle stem of loqui "to speak" (see locution). A loan-translation of Greek periphrasis (see periphrasis).

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