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April 17, 2024

Word of the Day: Circumlocution

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Word of the Day
: April 17, 2024

\ser-kum-loh-KYOO-shun\ noun

What It Means

Circumlocution refers to the use of many words to say something that could be said more clearly and directly with fewer words. Usually encountered in formal speech and writing, circumlocution can also refer to speech that is intentionally evasive.

// The judge coughed and pointed to her watch, clearly impatient with the attorney's tiresome circumlocutions in defense of his client.

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