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Synonyms for periphrasis
pəˈrɪf rə sɪs; -ˌsizpe·riphra·sis

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  1. periphrasisnoun

    circumlocution, beat around the bush

  2. periphrasisnoun

    The use of a longer expression instead of a shorter one with a similar meaning, for example I am going to instead of I will.

    circumlocution, beat around the bush

  3. periphrasisnoun

    Expressing a grammatical meaning (such as a tense) using a syntactic construction rather than morphological marking.

    circumlocution, beat around the bush

  4. periphrasisnoun

    The substitution of a descriptive word or phrase for a proper name (a species of circumlocution)

    beat around the bush, circumlocution

  5. periphrasisnoun

    The use of a proper name as a shorthand to stand for qualities associated with it.

    beat around the bush, circumlocution

English Synonyms and Antonyms

  1. periphrasis

    Circumlocution and periphrasis are roundabout ways of expressing thought; circumlocution is the more common, periphrasis the more technical word. Constant circumlocution produces an affected and heavy style; occasionally, skilful periphrasis conduces both to beauty and to simplicity. Etymologically, diffuseness is a scattering, both of words and thought; redundancy is an overflow. Prolixity goes into endless petty details, without selection or perspective. Pleonasm is the expression of an idea already plainly implied; tautology is the restatement in other words of an idea already stated, or a useless repetition of a word or words. Pleonasm may add emphasis; tautology is always a fault. "I saw it with my eyes" is a pleonasm; "all the members agreed unanimously" is tautology. Verbiage is the use of mere words without thought. Verbosity and wordiness denote an excess of words in proportion to the thought. Tediousness is the sure result of any of these faults of style.

    circumlocution, diffuseness, pleonasm, prolixity, redundance, redundancy, surplusage, tautology, tediousness, verbiage, verbosity, wordiness

    brevity, compactness, compression, conciseness, condensation, directness, plainness, shortness, succinctness, terseness

Princeton's WordNet

  1. circumlocution, periphrasis, ambagenoun

    a style that involves indirect ways of expressing things

    ambage, indirect expression, circumlocution

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Editors Contribution

  1. bomphiologia

    talks a lot

    does the ambassadors periphrasis tend to obligate near all of your time to listening?

    Submitted by anonymous on May 19, 2021  

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