periphrastic

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • adj periphrastic roundabout and unnecessarily wordy; (`ambagious' is archaic) "had a preference for circumlocutious (or circumlocutory) rather than forthright expression","A periphrastic study in a worn-out poetical fashion,/ Leaving one still with the intolerable wrestle/ With words and meanings."-T.S.Eliot"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • a Periphrastic Expressing, or expressed, in more words than are necessary; characterized by periphrase; circumlocutory.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • periphrastic Having the character of or characterized by periphrasis; circumlocutory; expressing or expressed in more words than are necessary.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • adjs Periphrastic containing or expressed by periphrasis or circumlocution
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
Gr. : cf. F. périphrastique,
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
L.,—Gr. periphrasisperi, about, phrasis, a speaking.

Usage

In literature:

In conversation they generally use a periphrastic epithet, such as the All-Good.
"The Coming Race" by Edward Bulwer Lytton
By a periphrastic version of the general text.
"Ulysses" by James Joyce
These are called "passive periphrastic future tenses".
"A Complete Grammar of Esperanto" by Ivy Kellerman Reed
He might be described as the last of the periphrastic humorists.
"Old and New Masters" by Robert Lynd
Similar tenses are formed in O. and A., but the periphrastic tenses are formed with verbal nouns and not with participles.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 3, Slice 5" by Various
The periphrastic tenses are formed on the same principles as in Mth.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 3, Slice 7" by Various
Using these as auxiliaries the finite verb makes a whole series of periphrastic tenses.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 12, Slice 6" by Various
When the present is found not to be distinctive enough, periphrastic forms come in.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 14, Slice 4" by Various
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