Periphrase



[puh-rif-ruh-sis] /pəˈrɪf rə sɪs/

noun, plural periphrases
[puh-rif-ruh-seez] /pəˈrɪf rəˌsiz/ (Show IPA)
1.
the use of an unnecessarily long or roundabout form of expression; circumlocution.
2.
an expression phrased in such fashion.
/pəˈrɪfrəsɪs/
noun (pl) -rases (-rəˌsiːz)
1.
a roundabout way of expressing something; circumlocution
2.
an expression of this kind
n.

1530s, from Latin periphrasis “circumlocution,” from Greek periphrasis, from periphrazein “speak in a roundabout way,” from peri- “round about” (see peri-) + phrazein “to express” (see phrase (n.)).

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