What does periphrase mean?

Here's a list of possible definitions for the term periphrase:


Wiktionary

  1. periphrase(Noun)

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

  2. periphrase(Verb)

    To express by periphrase or circumlocution.

  3. periphrase(Verb)

    To use circumlocution.

  4. Origin: From periphrasis from περίφρασις, from περιφράζομαι, from περί + φράζω. See phrase.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Periphrase(noun)

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

  2. Periphrase(verb)

    to express by periphrase or circumlocution

  3. Periphrase(verb)

    to use circumlocution

  4. Origin: [L. periphrasis, Gr. , fr. to think about, to be expressed periphrastically; + to speak: cf. F. priphrase. See Phrase.]

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Periphrase

    per′i-frāz, n. a round-about way of speaking: the use of more words than are necessary to express an idea: (rhet.) a figure employed to avoid a trite expression—also Periph′rasis.—v.t. or v.i. to use circumlocution.—adjs. Periphras′tic, -al, containing or expressed by periphrasis or circumlocution.—adv. Periphras′tically. [L.,—Gr. periphrasisperi, about, phrasis, a speaking.]

Numerology

  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of periphrase in Chaldean Numerology is: 4

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of periphrase in Pythagorean Numerology is: 7



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