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sərˈkyu ɪ təscir·cuitous

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. circuitous, roundaboutadjective

    marked by obliqueness or indirection in speech or conduct

    "the explanation was circuitous and puzzling"; "a roundabout paragraph"; "hear in a roundabout way that her ex-husband was marrying her best friend"

  2. devious, circuitous, roundaboutadjective

    deviating from a straight course

    "a scenic but devious route"; "a long and circuitous journey by train and boat"; "a roundabout route avoided rush-hour traffic"


  1. circuitousadjective

    Not direct or to the point.

  2. circuitousadjective

    Of a long and winding route.

  3. Etymology: First attested in 1664. From circuitosus, from circuitus, from circumeo "I go around", from circum "around + eo "I go"


  1. Circuitous

    Circuitous is an album by jazz pianist Pandelis Karayorgis, which was recorded in 2012 and released on Driff, an artist-run label co-founded by Karayorgis and Jorrit Dijkstra. He leads a new band with four Chicago-based musicians: saxophonists Dave Rempis and Keefe Jackson, bassist Nate McBride and drummer Frank Rosaly. Karayorgis explains that Tony Williams' seminal album Spring inspired the instrumentation for this project, a quintet with two tenors as the main horns.


  1. circuitous

    Circuitous refers to a route or journey that is longer and less direct than the most straightforward way or something that is not straightforward or direct. It can also refer to an argument, reasoning, or narrative that is intricate and difficult to follow due to its complexity.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Circuitousadjective

    going round in a circuit; roundabout; indirect; as, a circuitous road; a circuitous manner of accomplishing an end

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of circuitous in Chaldean Numerology is: 9

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of circuitous in Pythagorean Numerology is: 3

Examples of circuitous in a Sentence

  1. Carlyle:

    Poverty, we may say, surrounds a man with ready-made barriers, which if they do mournfully gall and hamper, do at least prescribe for him, and force on him, a sort of course and goal; a safe and beaten, though a circuitous, course. A great part of his guidance is secure against fatal error, is withdrawn from his control. The rich, again, has his whole life to guide, without goal or barrier, save of his own choosing, and, tempted, is too likely to guide it ill.

  2. Thomas Steinemann:

    That's a rather circuitous route, but I want to emphasize that it's certainly plausible.

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