Per"i*phrase (?), n. [L. periphrasis, Gr. , fr. to think about, to be expressed periphrastically; + to speak: cf. F. p'eriphrase. See Phrase.] Rhet.

The use of more words than are necessary to express the idea; a roundabout, or indirect, way of speaking; circumlocution.

"To describe by enigmatic periphrases."

De Quincey.


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Per"i*phrase, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Periphrased (?); p. pr. & vb. n. Periphrasing.] [Cf. F. p'eriphraser.]

To express by periphrase or circumlocution.


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Per"i*phrase, v. i.

To use circumlocution.


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