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- 1. circumlocutious, circumlocutory, periphrastic, ambagious, indirect (vs. direct)
- usage: roundabout and unnecessarily wordy; "had a preference for circumlocutious (or circumlocutory) rather than forthright expression"; "A periphrastic study in a worn-out poetical fashion,/ Leaving one still with the intolerable wrestle/ With words and meanings."-T.S.Eliot; (`ambagious' is archaic)
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See also: periphrastic (Dictionary)