periphrasis

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n periphrasis a style that involves indirect ways of expressing things
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Periphrasis See Periphrase.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n periphrasis A roundabout way of speaking; a roundabout phrase or expression; the use of more words than are necessary to express the idea; a phrase employed to avoid a common and trite manner of expression; circumlocution.
    • n periphrasis Synonyms Circumlocution, etc. See pleonasm.
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
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Usage

In literature:

It is only by periphrasis that all this can be expressed.
"Paul and Virginia" by Bernardin de Saint Pierre
Some graceful periphrasis is adapted instead.
"Chinese Sketches" by Herbert A. Giles
This is called Periphrasis.
"Essays and Miscellanies" by Plutarch
It is a disgraceful fact to record of him without periphrasis.
"The Short Works of George Meredith" by George Meredith
The periphrasis is generally meaningless.
"Beowulf" by Unknown
He used antithesis, periphrasis, and climax with great skill.
"From Chaucer to Tennyson" by Henry A. Beers
I should set forth simply, and without periphrasis, our grievances and our resolution to have justice.
"A Popular History of France From The Earliest Times Volume VI. of VI." by Francois Pierre Guillaume Guizot
Let us supply its place by a periphrasis.
"Essays on some unsettled Questions of Political Economy" by John Stuart Mill
It is the same with periphrasis.
"Pastoral Poetry and Pastoral Drama" by Walter W. Greg
As to its handling, it abounded in metaphor and periphrasis, suggestive images, and parables instead of direct narrative.
"English Literature, Considered as an Interpreter of English History" by Henry Coppee
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