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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.
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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