Cir`cum*lo*cu"tion (?), n. [L. circumlocutio, fr. circumloqui, -locutus, to make use of circumlocution; circum + loqui to speak. See Loquacious.]

The use of many words to express an idea that might be expressed by few; indirect or roundabout language; a periphrese.

the plain Billingagate way of calling names . . . would save abundance of time lost by circumlocution. Swift.

Circumlocution office, a term of riducle for a governmental office where business is delayed by passing through the hands of different officials.


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