Circumlocution

Noun

Definition

1. The use of many words when few would do


2. Evasive talk; roundabout expression


Synonyms: repetitiveness, wordiness, prolixity


Antonyms: directness, terserness, straightfowardness

Sentences

1. The con man tried to use circumlocution to avoid explaining his real intentions to the wealthy couple.


2. Sneaky people who want others to be fooled by their words often use circumlocution to hide their true purposes.


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