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Meaning of "circumlocutory" in the English dictionary

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PRONUNCIATION OF CIRCUMLOCUTORY

circumlocutory  [ˌsɜ:kəmˈlɒkjʊtərɪ] play
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GRAMMATICAL CATEGORY OF CIRCUMLOCUTORY

noun
adjective
verb
adverb
pronoun
preposition
conjunction
determiner
exclamation
Circumlocutory is an adjective.
The adjective is the word that accompanies the noun to determine or qualify it.

WHAT DOES CIRCUMLOCUTORY MEAN IN ENGLISH?

Circumlocution

Circumlocution refers to an ambiguous or roundabout figure of speech. Ambiguity means information that can have multiple meanings. For example, governmental income support to poor residents might be referred to as "welfare". Roundabout speech refers to using many words to describe something for which a concise expression exists. The vast majority of definitions found in dictionaries are circumlocutory. Circumlocution is often used by aphasics and people learning a new language, where in the absence of a word the subject can simply be described. Euphemism, innuendo, and equivocation are different types of ambiguous and roundabout language.

Definition of circumlocutory in the English dictionary

The definition of circumlocutory in the dictionary is indirect; roundabout.

WORDS THAT RHYME WITH CIRCUMLOCUTORY


contributory
kənˈtrɪbjʊtərɪ
coterie
ˈkəʊtərɪ
distributary
dɪˈstrɪbjʊtərɪ
executary
ɪɡˈzɛkjʊtərɪ
executory
ɪɡˈzɛkjʊtərɪ
insalutary
ɪnˈsæljʊtərɪ
interlocutory
ˌɪntəˈlɒkjʊtərɪ
locomotory
ˌləʊkəˈməʊtərɪ
locutory
ˈlɒkjʊtərɪ
motory
ˈməʊtərɪ
noncontributory
ˌnɒnkənˈtrɪbjʊtərɪ
notary
ˈnəʊtərɪ
otary
ˈəʊtərɪ
prothonotary
ˌprəʊθəˈnəʊtərɪ
retributory
rɪˈtrɪbjʊtərɪ
rotary
ˈrəʊtərɪ
salutary
ˈsæljʊtərɪ
statutory
ˈstætjʊtərɪ
tributary
ˈtrɪbjʊtərɪ
votary
ˈvəʊtərɪ

WORDS THAT BEGIN LIKE CIRCUMLOCUTORY

circumgyrate
circumgyration
circumgyratory
circumincession
circuminsession
circumjacency
circumjacent
circumlittoral
circumlocute
circumlocution
circumlunar
circummure
circumnavigable
circumnavigate
circumnavigation
circumnavigator
circumnutate
circumnutation
circumnutatory
circumpolar

WORDS THAT END LIKE CIRCUMLOCUTORY

circumvolutory
collocutory
depository
directory
elocutory
factory
Federal Capital Territory
history
introductory
inventory
laboratory
mandatory
persecutory
regulatory
repository
respiratory
restitutory
story
territory
victory

Synonyms and antonyms of circumlocutory in the English dictionary of synonyms

SYNONYMS

Translation of «circumlocutory» into 25 languages

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TRANSLATION OF CIRCUMLOCUTORY

Find out the translation of circumlocutory to 25 languages with our English multilingual translator.
The translations of circumlocutory from English to other languages presented in this section have been obtained through automatic statistical translation; where the essential translation unit is the word «circumlocutory» in English.

Translator English - Chinese

circumlocutory
1,325 millions of speakers

Translator English - Spanish

circunloquios
570 millions of speakers

English

circumlocutory
510 millions of speakers

Translator English - Hindi

बयानी
380 millions of speakers
ar

Translator English - Arabic

circumlocutory
280 millions of speakers

Translator English - Russian

многословным
278 millions of speakers

Translator English - Portuguese

circumlocutory
270 millions of speakers

Translator English - Bengali

ঘুরাইয়া বলা হইয়াছে এমন
260 millions of speakers

Translator English - French

circonlocutions
220 millions of speakers

Translator English - Malay

Circumlocutory
190 millions of speakers

Translator English - German

weitschweifig
180 millions of speakers

Translator English - Japanese

回りくどい
130 millions of speakers

Translator English - Korean

circumlocutory
85 millions of speakers

Translator English - Javanese

Cetha
85 millions of speakers
vi

Translator English - Vietnamese

dùng lời quanh co
80 millions of speakers

Translator English - Tamil

circumlocutory
75 millions of speakers

Translator English - Marathi

परिवादात्मक
75 millions of speakers

Translator English - Turkish

dolambaçlı söz türünden
70 millions of speakers

Translator English - Italian

circonlocutorio
65 millions of speakers

Translator English - Polish

circumlocutory
50 millions of speakers

Translator English - Ukrainian

багатослівним
40 millions of speakers

Translator English - Romanian

circumlocutory
30 millions of speakers
el

Translator English - Greek

circumlocutory
15 millions of speakers
af

Translator English - Afrikaans

omschrijvend
14 millions of speakers
sv

Translator English - Swedish

circumlocutory
10 millions of speakers
no

Translator English - Norwegian

circumlocutory
5 millions of speakers

Trends of use of circumlocutory

TRENDS

TENDENCIES OF USE OF THE TERM «CIRCUMLOCUTORY»

The term «circumlocutory» is normally little used and occupies the 144.490 position in our list of most widely used terms in the English dictionary.
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FREQUENCY OF USE OF THE TERM «CIRCUMLOCUTORY» OVER TIME

The graph expresses the annual evolution of the frequency of use of the word «circumlocutory» during the past 500 years. Its implementation is based on analysing how often the term «circumlocutory» appears in digitalised printed sources in English between the year 1500 and the present day.

Examples of use in the English literature, quotes and news about circumlocutory

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10 ENGLISH BOOKS RELATING TO «CIRCUMLOCUTORY»

Discover the use of circumlocutory in the following bibliographical selection. Books relating to circumlocutory and brief extracts from same to provide context of its use in English literature.
1
How to Sound Clever: Master the 600 English Words You ...
(adj.) = using many words when there is no need from the Latin circumlocutio, from circum-: around, and locutio: speech e.g. A standard conversation with Fidel Castro is reported to last hours because the Cuban leader is so circumlocutory ...
Hubert van den Bergh, 2010
2
Garner's Modern American Usage
If the noun corresponding to circuitous is seldom used, so is the adjective corresponding to circumlocution: circumlocutory. E.g.: “He's impatient with compliments, circumlocutory in his answers and cheerfully forthcoming with amusing stories ...
Bryan Garner, 2009
3
A Compendious Grammar of the Current Corrupt Dialect of the ...
With a Vocabulary, English and Moors, Moors and English. With References Between Words Resembling Each Other in Sound, and Different in Signification; and Literal Translations of the Compounded Words and Circumlocutory Expressions ...
George Hadley, Mohommed Fitrut, 1801
4
Shakspeare Diversions: Second Series, from Dogberry to Hamlet
IL CIRCUMLOCUTORY AND CIRCUMSTANTIAL. Much Ado about Nothing, Act iii., Sc. 5 ; Act v., Sc. 1. Hard work has Leonato, in one scene, and Don Pedro in a later one, to bring Dogberry to the point, and to learn his meaning or master his ...
Francis Jacox, 1877
5
Naskapi: The Savage Hunters of the Labrador Peninsula
a'tc mi" team (Moisie): "black food," circumlocutory name for the bear. t' : "bad luck or bad hunt." \tmalyntorhyt' (Lake St. John): "making a good hunt" \anaya' 'pewut ( Michikamau) : "chicane, clown," term applied to the bear. lj<tTitautet"'tul^»: our ...
Frank G. Speck, 1977
6
Networks and Knowledge in Roget's Thesaurus
Expressed etc. exprimé rendu proverbial couched in periphrastic circumlocutory. Comme on dit. There are 31 English words, with 18 directly translated and 17 added ones plus the noun phrase tournure gauloise etc. This means that the ...
Werner Hüllen, 2009
7
Best Kept Secret
Embarking on a shared family life after the events of The Sins of the Father, Harry, Emma, Sebastian and Jessica find their happiness challenged by Emma's brother's engagement to a fortune-seeker, Sebastian's hedonist pursuits and a grudge ...
Jeffrey Archer, 2013
8
Matthew: Structure, Christology, Kingdom
On the other hand, Matthew intends that the reply be circumlocutory in formulation because, although the High Priest has spoken the truth, he has not done so with perception born of revelation, but in order to charge Jesus with blasphemy ...
Jack Dean Kingsbury, 1989
9
Neuropsychological Evaluation of the Older Adult: A ...
Another common type of error is a circumlocutory error, when the patient describes the item in several words (e.g., describing a beaver as "an animal that eats trees"). In cases of semantic or circumlocutory errors or when the examiner believes ...
Joanne Green, 2000
10
On the Content and Object of Presentations: A Psychological ...
Let us hear what Marty has to say about this: "Inasmuch as presentations of the inner form . . . merely facilitate the understanding, . . . one can compare them, not inappropriately, with circumlocutory [umschreibende] definitions. These, too, do ...
Kasimir Twardowski, 1977

10 NEWS ITEMS WHICH INCLUDE THE TERM «CIRCUMLOCUTORY»

Find out what the national and international press are talking about and how the term circumlocutory is used in the context of the following news items.
1
Lord Lexden: The extraordinary Lord Shaftesbury – a Conservative …
... establishment of a Royal Commission of Inquiry into Children's Employment in general, deploying the circumlocutory rhetoric that Victorians ... «Conservative Home, Jul 15»
2
What Emergency Meant For Big Business in India
... authoritarian mode of governance. Think only of L.K. Advani's recent, circumlocutory remarks. The tendency to look back at the Emergency in ... «NDTV, Jun 15»
3
Media Monkey: Richard Desmond, Simon Heffer, Chris Evans
With her straight-ahead style contrasting with his more circumlocutory approach, they may be Today's least compatible mixed doubles team; ... «The Guardian, Jun 15»
4
Waterloo won, war over: the painting that captures the moment
And so the long and circumlocutory missive that announced the end of war may have been perplexing to many. The first half of the dispatch ... «The Conversation UK, Jun 15»
5
Niall Ferguson Fights Back Against Smear Campaign by Fact …
In my case, the FT 'complaints commissioner' turned out to be a lawyer and, as lawyers will, opted to write 16 circumlocutory pages and split the ... «New York Magazine, Jun 15»
6
Being British in the Big Apple
Brits incline towards a circumlocutory, self-deprecatory approach, building intimacy. This has its roots in a class-riven culture, one in which ... «Telegraph.co.uk, Jun 15»
7
California Court of Appeals awards attorneys' fees to defendant for …
Here, the court found objective speciousness by reasoning that Cypress' complaint was “evasive, equivocal, and circumlocutory” and that much ... «Lexology, Jun 15»
8
California Court Of Appeals Awards Attorneys' Fees To Defendant …
Here, the court found objective speciousness by reasoning that Cypress' complaint was "evasive, equivocal, and circumlocutory" and that much ... «Mondaq News Alerts, Jun 15»
9
PEMRA stirs
The federal information ministry, in a reversal of its circumlocutory attitude in the past of hiding behind the plea that the Pakistan Electronic ... «Daily Times, May 15»
10
Court Slams MoFo Client for 'Nonsensical' Trade Secrets Suit
Rushing called the company's complaint "a model of evasive, equivocal, and circumlocutory pleading." Much of the complaint, he wrote, ... «The Recorder, Apr 15»

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« EDUCALINGO. Circumlocutory [online]. Available <https://educalingo.com/en/dic-en/circumlocutory>. Sep 2019 ».
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