Periphrasis

(33 words)
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Literary/ Cultural Context Note

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.

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Citation:
Editors. "Periphrasis". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 01 November 2001
[http://www.litencyc.com/php/stopics.php?rec=true&UID=850, accessed 28 November 2014.]