[ sur-kuhm-loh-kyoo-shuhn ]


  1. the use of many words where fewer would do, especially in a deliberate attempt to be vague or evasive.

Examples of circumlocution in a sentence:

  • The con man tried to use circumlocution to avoid explaining his real intentions to the wealthy couple. 
  • As a politician, the senator had no problem using circumlocution to make his responses sound honest.