Periphrasis (33 words)

Literary/ Cultural Context Note

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

Context

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.

Citation:
Editors. "Periphrasis". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 01 November 2001
[http://www.litencyc.com/php/stopics.php?rec=true&UID=850, accessed 10 December 2016.]