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  • n  a style that involves indirect ways of expressing things
  • n  an indirect way of expressing something

  • 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.
  • The report was suprisingly direct and was devoid of circumlocution that plagues most reports on social isssues.
  • The operations manager angrily that all the well paid consultants did was circumlocution and obfuscation.
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  • 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.
    Feb. 7, 2014 - Brenham Banner-Press

  • Brent Scowcroft in Moment Magazine
    After the meeting, former national security adviser Brent Scowcroft described Ahmadinejad to The New York Times as "a master of counterpunch, deception, circumlocution."
  • Alan Blinder in CNN International
    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...
  • Alice Fulton in Atlantic Online
    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."

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