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synonyms for indirectness

  • diffuseness
  • discursiveness
  • euphemism
  • periphrasis
  • pleonasm
  • prolixity
  • roundabout
  • tautology
  • verbiage
  • wordiness
  • beating around the bush
  • circumambages
  • gassiness
  • periphrase
  • verbal evasion
  • verbality
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antonyms for indirectness

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  • conciseness
  • directness
  • straightforwardness
  • terseness
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How to use indirectness in a sentence

Miriam benignly gazed—it was the perfection of indirectness.
THE TRAGIC MUSEHENRY JAMES
Peter talked to conceal his feelings, and, like many a man practising that indirectness, rather lost himself in the wood.
THE TRAGIC MUSEHENRY JAMES
The indirectness of speech had been a shelter to her, permitting her to hint at more than she dared clothe in words.
RHODA FLEMING, COMPLETEGEORGE MEREDITH
It was the first time that he had confronted the fact of the indirectness of a woman's movement towards her desire.
RETURN OF THE NATIVETHOMAS HARDY
The explanation, with the usual indirectness of a Griswold, was sugared with a compliment.
THE DREAMERMARY NEWTON STANARD
Such questions leave the pupil puzzled, and usually lead to indirectness or guessing in the answer.
THE RECITATIONGEORGE HERBERT BETTS
Indeed they reminded me in indirectness of a reply that a Shropshire gentleman assured me he once received from a villager.
A LEISURELY TOUR IN ENGLANDJAMES JOHN HISSEY
One is inseparable from the subtlety and difficulty of the thought or the compression and pregnant indirectness of the phrase.
FROM CHAUCER TO TENNYSONHENRY A. BEERS
"It certainly contains some interesting information," said our hero, with a Quaker-like indirectness of reply.
THE FURTHER ADVENTURES OF MR. VERDANT GREEN, AN OXFORD UNDER-GRADUATECUTHBERT BEDE
Anything was better than this constant indirectness of gaining his father's views through his mother.
DANGEROUS DAYSMARY ROBERTS RINEHART
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WORDS RELATED TO INDIRECTNESS

  • beating around the bush
  • circumambages
  • diffuseness
  • discursiveness
  • euphemism
  • gassiness
  • indirectness
  • periphrase
  • periphrasis
  • pleonasm
  • prolixity
  • roundabout
  • tautology
  • verbal evasion
  • verbality
  • verbiage
  • wordiness
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