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pe·riph·ra·sis  audio  (p-rfr-ss) KEY 

NOUN:
pl. pe·riph·ra·ses  (-sz) KEY 
  1. The use of circumlocution.
  2. A circumlocution.

ETYMOLOGY:
Latin, from Greek, from periphrazein, to express periphrastically : peri-, peri- + phrazein, to say; see gwhren- in Indo-European roots


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