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Definitions of circumambages word

  • noun plural circumambages round-about methods 3
  • noun plural circumambages circuitous speech 3
  • noun circumambages Instances of indirectness or deviousness in speaking or writing: circumlocutions. 1

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Parts of speech for Circumambages


circumambages popularity

A common word. It’s meaning is known to most children of preschool age. About 92% of English native speakers know the meaning and use the word.
Most Europeans know this English word. The frequency of it’s usage is somewhere between "mom" and "screwdriver".

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Synonyms for circumambages

noun circumambages

  • indirect speech — Indirect speech is speech which tells you what someone said, but does not use the person's actual words: for example, 'They said you didn't like it', 'I asked him what his plans were', and 'Citizens complained about the smoke'.
  • diffuseness — to pour out and spread, as a fluid.
  • discursiveness — passing aimlessly from one subject to another; digressive; rambling.
  • indirectness — not in a direct course or path; deviating from a straight line; roundabout: an indirect course in sailing.
  • periphrasis — the use of an unnecessarily long or roundabout form of expression; circumlocution.

Antonyms for circumambages

noun circumambages

  • conciseness — the quality of being concise.
  • directness — to manage or guide by advice, helpful information, instruction, etc.: He directed the company through a difficult time.
  • straightforwardness — going or directed straight ahead: a straightforward gaze.
  • terseness — neatly or effectively concise; brief and pithy, as language.

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