The use of many words to express an idea that might be expressed by few; indirect or roundabout language; a periphrase.
A roundabout, indirect or lengthy way of speaking.
indirect way of expressing something. Circumlocution is used when one does not know a specific word and may speak "around it" to get the message across.
The use of an indirect phrase to replace a 'missing' word: the speaker may have forgotten the word, or not know it - e.g. children, foreign language learners.
a roundabout or circuitous expression: e.g., in a family way for pregnant; at this point in time for now.
a style that involves indirect ways of expressing things
an indirect way of expressing something
Use of other words to describe a specific word or idea which cannot be remembered.
Evasion in speech of a word which should not be pronounced; the pronounceable word itself. In Hebrew culture, the ineffable (unpronounceable) name of God was often replaced with the circumlocution Adonai.
a "round-about" way of speaking. It is often used by an individual when that person cannot recall specific words they need to describe objects, activities, or events. (see nominal recall).
Literally meaning ‘talking round' this describes a strategy that many people with aphasia employ when they experience word-finding difficulties, e.g. ‘an animal with a long neck - not a zebra for giraffe.
an evasive type of speech in which several words are used to express an idea that could be said with a single word
n. a long way of saying something; talking all around a subject without coming to the point.
Circumlocution, like its Greek counterpart periphrasis, is a figure of speech where the meaning of a word or phrase is indirectly expressed through several or many words. (Periphrasis is of Greek origin [Ï€ÎµÏÎ¯Ï†ÏÎ±ÏƒÎ¹Ï‚ < peri (Ï€ÎµÏÎ¯) "about, around" + phrasis (Ï†ÏÎ¬ÏƒÎ¹Ï‚) "speech, expression"], while circumlocution is Latin—both meaning "a roundabout manner of speaking".)