circumlocution circumlocution

Definition(s):

  1. (n) a style that involves indirect ways of expressing things
  2. (n) an indirect way of expressing something

Synonym(s)

Usage(s):

  1. The circumlocution is not uncommon among politicians but when Mr Bhinder's speech left us flummoxed since at the end of it we were not sure if he was for the motion or against the motion.
  2. The report was suprisingly direct and was devoid of circumlocution that plagues most reports on social isssues.
  3. The operations manager angrily that all the well paid consultants did was circumlocution and obfuscation.

News

  • Blinn College Art Instructor Doug Cason

    Blinn College Art Instructor Doug Cason’s gallery exhibition “Terminal Inexactitudes in Circumlocution” will be featured at the Avis Frank Gallery in Houston from Feb. 7 – March 2.
    on February 8, 2014     Source: Brenham Banner-Press

Quotes

  1. After the meeting, former national security adviser Brent Scowcroft described Ahmadinejad to The New York Times as "a master of counterpunch, deception, circumlocution."
    on Dec 4, 2006 By: Brent Scowcroft Source: Moment Magazine

  2. "I don't want to sound like I'm critical of Greenspan, because I thought he was a great Fed chairman -- the best we ever had," said former Fed Vice Chairman Alan Blinder. "But when it came to English circumlocution, he was pretty good at it...
    on Jan 31, 2007 By: Alan Blinder Source: CNN International

  3. I n her 1999 essay collection Feeling as a Foreign Language: The Good Strangeness of Poetry, Alice Fulton writes that "after years of circumlocution, perhaps it's time to admit that, yes, poems are about something."
    on Jul 13, 2004 By: Alice Fulton Source: Atlantic Online

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