Adjective "circumlocutory" definition and examples



Definitions and examples


Using many words where fewer would do, especially in a deliberate attempt to be vague or evasive; long-winded.
  1. 'Breakfast rooms across India display a vista of glazed eyes ploughing wearily through the turgid, circumlocutory language of the morning papers.'
  2. 'Other television station announcers had been less circumlocutory in declaring the result.'
  3. 'His theories are often circumlocutory and warped.'


1. a roundabout or indirect way of speaking; the use of more words than necessary to express an idea.

2. a roundabout expression.

More examples(as adjective)

"ways can be circumlocutory."

"replies can be circumlocutory."

"pomposities can be circumlocutory."