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periphrastic meaning and definition

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Definition of periphrastic (adjective)

  1. roundabout and unnecessarily wordy
    • "had a preference for circumlocutious (or circumlocutory) rather than forthright expression"; "A periphrastic study in a worn-out poetical fashion,/ Leaving one still with the intolerable wrestle/ With words and meanings."-T.S.Eliot; (`ambagious' is archaic)
    • synonyms: ambagious, circumlocutious, circumlocutory
Source: Princeton University Wordnet

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