Periphrase


Periphrase
Periphrase Per"i*phrase, n. [L. periphrasis, Gr. ?, fr. ? to think about, to be expressed periphrastically; ? + ? to speak: cf. F. p['e]riphrase. See {Phrase}.] (Rhet.) The use of more words than are necessary to express the idea; a roundabout, or indirect, way of speaking; circumlocution. ``To describe by enigmatic periphrases.'' --De Quincey. [1913 Webster]

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