periphrastic definition

  • adjective:
    • getting the nature of or described as periphrasis.
    • Grammar Constructed making use of an auxiliary word rather than an inflected kind; for instance, of daddy could be the periphrastic possessive situation of dad but dad's may be the inflected possessive case, and did state is the periphrastic last tight of proclaim but said could be the inflected last tense.
    • Expressed much more terms than are essential.
    • Indirect in naming an entity; circumlocutory.
    • Characterized by periphrase or circumlocution.
    • Expressing, or expressed, in more terms than are essential; characterized by periphrase; circumlocutory.
    • roundabout and unnecessarily wordy
  • others:
    • getting the personality of or described as periphrasis; circumlocutory; revealing or expressed in more words than are essential.

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