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    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • [sur-kuh m-loh-kyoo-shuh n]
    • /ˌsɜr kəm loʊˈkyu ʃən/
    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • [sur-kuh m-loh-kyoo-shuh n]
    • /ˌsɜr kəm loʊˈkyu ʃən/

Definitions of circumlocutionary word

  • noun circumlocutionary a roundabout or indirect way of speaking; the use of more words than necessary to express an idea. 1
  • noun circumlocutionary a roundabout expression. 1
  • noun circumlocutionary Articulated in a roundabout manner; tautological or with repetitive language. 1
  • adjective circumlocutionary (of speech) Evasive, avoiding difficult questions or key points. 0

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Origin of circumlocutionary

First appearance:

before 1375
One of the 22% oldest English words
1375-1425; late Middle English < Latin circumlocūtiōn- (stem of circumlocūtiō). See circum-, locution

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Parts of speech for Circumlocutionary


circumlocutionary popularity

A pretty common term. Usually people know it’s meaning, but prefer to use a more spread out synonym. About 48% of English native speakers know the meaning and use word.
According to our data most of word are more popular. This word is almost not used. It has a much more popular synonym.

circumlocutionary usage trend in Literature

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Synonyms for circumlocutionary

adj circumlocutionary

  • pleonastic — the use of more words than are necessary to express an idea; redundancy.
  • roundabout — circuitous or indirect, as a road, journey, method, statement or person.
  • tautologous — needless repetition of an idea, especially in words other than those of the immediate context, without imparting additional force or clearness, as in “widow woman.”.

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