Periphrasis (33 words)

Literary/ Cultural Context Note

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  • The Literary Encyclopedia. Volume : WORLD HISTORY AND IDEAS: A CROSS-CULTURAL VOLUME.


The way of speaking around a topic, rather than stating it directly. Periphrasis may be intended to heighten anticipation through delay, to enable ornament, or to delay coming to pain, as in euphemism.

Editors. "Periphrasis". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 01 November 2001
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