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  • the act of talking around a subject, as to avoid it
         When we asked about price, the salesman launched into a lengthy circumlocution and never uttered a number.
- The Nuttall Encyclopedia



Cir`cum*lo*cu"tion (?), n. [L. circumlocutio, fr. circumloqui, -locutus, to make use of circumlocution; circum + loqui to speak. See Loquacious.] The use of many words to express an idea that might be expressed by few; indirect or roundabout language; a periphrase.

the plain Billingsgate way of calling names . . . would save abundance of time lost by circumlocution.
Swift.

Circumlocution office, a term of ridicule for a governmental office where business is delayed by passing through the hands of different officials.

- Webster's Unabridged Dictionary (1913)



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