. In RHETORIC
, a wordy and indirect way of saying something, as when death in hospital is called negative patient care outcome
. Such usage is often obscure, officious, pompous, authoritarian, and intimidating; the phrase periphrastic usage
echoes the style it describes. See EUPHEMISM
, POETIC DICTION
the use of many words where fewer would do, esp. in a deliberate attempt to be vague or evasive:
his admission came after years of circumlocution |
he used a number of poetic circumlocutions.
/ -ˈläkyəˌtôrē/ adj.