1. The use of unnecessarily wordy language, especially in being vague or evasive.
2. A roundabout or evasive expression: Circumlocutions like "go to the bathroom" are often used in place of words that are considered vulgar or indelicate.
[Middle English circumlocucioun, from Latin circumlocūtiō, circumlocūtiōn-, from circumlocūtus, past participle of circumloquī : circum-, circum- + loquī, to speak; see tolkw- in the Appendix of Indo-European roots.]
cir′cum·loc′u·tori·ly (-lŏk′yə-tôrə-lē) adv.
cir′cum·locu·to′ry (-tôr′ē) adj.
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