Periphrasis

  • 1 periphrasis — (n.) 1530s, from L. periphrasis circumlocution, from Gk. periphrasis, from periphrazein speak in a roundabout way, from peri round about (see PERI (Cf. peri )) + phrazein to express (see PHRASE (Cf. phrase) (n.)) …

    Etymology dictionary

  • 2 Periphrasis — Pe*riph ra*sis, n.; pl. {Periphrases}. [L.] See {Periphrase}. [1913 Webster] …

    The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • 3 Periphrasis — Periphrasis, griech., Periphrasie, Umschreibung; in der Rhetorik Figur, wobei man die Merkmale eines Gegenstandes anführt, ohne den Namen desselben zu nennen …

    Herders Conversations-Lexikon

  • 4 periphrasis — index digression, indirection (indirect action) Burton s Legal Thesaurus. William C. Burton. 2006 …

    Law dictionary

  • 5 periphrasis — *verbiage, redundancy, tautology, pleonasm, circumlocution …

    New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • 6 periphrasis — ► NOUN (pl. periphrases) ▪ the use of indirect and roundabout language; circumlocution. DERIVATIVES periphrastic adjective. ORIGIN from Greek peri around + phrazein declare …

    English terms dictionary

  • 7 periphrasis — [per′i frāz΄pə rif′rə sis] n. pl. periphrases [pə rif′rəsēz΄] [L < Gr < peri , around + phrazein, to speak] 1. the use of many words where one or a few would do; roundabout way of speaking or writing; circumlocution 2. an expression that is …

    English World dictionary

  • 8 Periphrasis — In linguistics, periphrasis is a device by which a grammatical category or relationship is expressed by a free morpheme (typically one or more function words modifying a content word), instead of being shown by inflection or derivation. For… …

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  • 9 periphrasis — /peuh rif reuh sis/, n., pl. periphrases / seez /. 1. the use of an unnecessarily long or roundabout form of expression; circumlocution. 2. an expression phrased in such fashion. Also, periphrase /per euh frayz /. [1525 35; < L < Gk períphrasis.… …

    Universalium

  • 10 periphrasis — UK [pəˈrɪfrəsɪs] / US noun [countable/uncountable] Word forms periphrasis : singular periphrasis plural periphrases linguistics the practice of expressing something in a more complicated indirect way than is necessary, or something that is… …

    English dictionary

  • 11 periphrasis — noun (plural periphrases) Etymology: Latin, from Greek, from periphrazein to express periphrastically, from peri + phrazein to point out Date: 1533 1. use of a longer phrasing in place of a possible shorter form of expression 2. an instance of… …

    New Collegiate Dictionary

  • 12 periphrasis — pe•riph•ra•sis [[t]pəˈrɪf rə sɪs[/t]] n. pl. ses [[t] ˌsiz[/t]] 1) the use of a verbose or roundabout form of expression; circumlocution 2) an expression phrased in this way 3) gram. a) the use of two or more words instead of an inflected word to …

    From formal English to slang

  • 13 periphrasis — См. perìfrasi …

    Пятиязычный словарь лингвистических терминов

  • 14 periphrasis — noun /pəˈrɪfrəsɪs/ a) The use of a longer expression instead of a shorter one with a similar meaning, for example I am going to instead of I will . b) Expressing a grammatical meaning (such as a tense) using a syntactic construction rather than… …

    Wiktionary

  • 15 periphrasis — (Roget s IV) n. Syn. circumlocution, ambiguity, evasion; see wordiness …

    English dictionary for students

  • 16 periphrasis — pe|riph|ra|sis [pəˈrıfrəsıs] n plural periphrases [ si:z] [U and C] [Date: 1500 1600; : Latin; Origin: Greek, from periphrazein to express in a periphrastic way ] 1.) formal when someone uses long words or phrases that are not necessary 2.)… …

    Dictionary of contemporary English

  • 17 periphrasis — pe|riph|ra|sis [ pə rıfrəsıs ] noun count or uncount TECHNICAL the practice of expressing something in a more complicated indirect way than is necessary, or something expressed in this way …

    Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • 18 periphrasis — see PHRASE …

    The Hutchinson dictionary of word origins

  • 19 periphrasis —  Using more words than necessary, circumlocution; pl. periphrases …

    Bryson’s dictionary for writers and editors

  • 20 periphrasis — pe·riph·ra·sis || pÉ™ rɪfrÉ™sɪs n. indirect speech, circumlocution; indirect expression, expression phrased in a roundabout manner …

    English contemporary dictionary