indirection indirection

Definition(s):

  1. (n) indirect procedure or action
  2. (n) deceitful action that is not straightforward

Usage(s):

  1. With typical Communist indirection, Moscow and Peking used tiny, insignificant Albania as the symbol of the quarrel and as their ideological whipping boy.
  2. The unfortunate museum officials obeyed with artistic indirection.
  3. We know the Senators' tics and mannerisms, their preferred methods of verbal indirection, their expressions when they're angry or surprised or bored.

News

  • What’s Behind the New Iranian Charm Offensive

    Usually, it’s hard to tell quite what’s going on with Iran. Usually, the government is divided and its signals to a foreigner mixed, or at least wreathed in what’s been dubbed in the past as “Oriental indirection.” Translated — and anything coming out of Tehran must be translated — Oriental indirection means “listen to what I didn’t say” and “watch my eyes dance as I don’t say it.” It’s a bit ...
    on September 20, 2013     Source: Time.com via Yahoo! News

Quotes

  1. "I was as speechless as I was in July 2006 when I interviewed him and he said he was not a military commander, that he could make the case that he was 'by indirection, two or three steps removed'," Woodward told me afterwards.
    on Jan 11, 2009 By: Bob Woodward Source: Sydney Morning Herald

  2. "We use a metaphorical version of sleight of hand all the time," Reiken says. "There's so much indirection in our lives."
    on May 7, 2010 By: Frederick Reiken Source: NPR

  3. "I will have achieved by indirection, during the waning hours of my career here, what I could not directly accomplish. This demonstrates that there is more than one way to crack a walnut," Chambers said in a telephone interview with...
    on Aug 16, 2007 By: Ernie Chambers Source: Stateline.org

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