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periphrasis Explained

periphrasis at English irregular forms Of Explained:

(pl) periphrases

periphrasis at English => English (English Etymology) Of Explained:

1533, from L. periphrasis "circumlocution," from Gk. periphrasis, from periphrazein "speak in a roundabout way," from peri- "around" + phrazein "to express." ///

periphrasis at English => English (Longman) Of Explained:

n plural periphrases /-si[hA359]z/ [U and C] // [Date: 1500-1600; Language: Latin; Origin: Greek, from periphrazein 'to express in a periphrastic way']//
1 formal when someone uses long words or phrases that are not necessary:
2 technical the use of auxiliary words instead of inflected forms: -- periphrastic/per[hA369]fr[zB024]st[hA366]k[hA36B]/ adj //

periphrasis at English => English (English Thesaurus) Of Explained:

[N] (Diffuseness): diffuseness, dilation, verbosity, verbiage, loquacity, pleonasm, exuberance, redundancy, prolixity, periphrasis, circumlocution.

PERIPHRASIS at English => English (Bouviers Law) Of Explained:

PERIPHRASIS. Circumlocution; the use of other words to express the sense of
2. Some words are so technical in their meaning that in charging
offences in indictments they must be used or the indictment will not be
sustained; for example, an indictment for treason must contain the word
traitorously; (q.v.) an indictment for burglary, burglariously; ( q.v.) and
feloniously (q.v.) must be introduced into every indictment for felony. 1
Chitty's Cr. Law, 242; 3 Inst. 15; Carth. 319; 2 Hale, P. C. 172; 184;, 4
Bl. Com. 307; Hawk B. 2, c. 25, s. 55; 1 East P. C. 115; Bac. Ab.
Indictment, G 1; Com. ]Dig. Indictment, G 6 Cro. C. C. 37.

Periphrasis at English => English (Websters 1913) Of Explained:

Periphrasis \Pe*riph"ra*sis\, n.; pl. {Periphrases}. [L.]
See {Periphrase}.

periphrasis at English => English (WordNet) Of Explained:

n : a style that involves indirect ways of expressing things
[syn: {circumlocution}, {ambage}]
[also: {periphrases} (pl)]

periphrasis at English (WD) Of Explained:

Inter: wikipedi » a


* Inter: a » Canada Inter: IPA » /pəˈrɪfrəsɪs/


Inter: en-noun » pl=periphrases
  • 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".
    1. Inter: linguistic » s Expressing a grammatical meaning (such as a tense) using a syntactic construction rather than morphological marking.
    2. Inter: rhetori » c The substitution of a descriptive word or phrase for a proper name (a species of circumlocution)
    3. Inter: rhetori » c The use of a proper name as a shorthand to stand for qualities associated with it.

      Related terms

      * periphrase

  • periphrastic


    * beat around the bush
  • circumlocution


    * Inter: R:Silva Rhetorica » e

  • Translation: et » periphrasis
    Translation: io » periphrasis
    Translation: kn » periphrasis
    Translation: ta » periphrasis
    Translation: te » periphrasis
    Translation: tr » periphrasis
    Translation: vi » periphrasis
    Translation: zh » periphrasis