Usage examples for circumlocutory

  1. The peer began with circumlocutory hints concerning the elopement- 'An unaccountable affair! – Anna St. Ives by Thomas Holcroft
  2. He began again, in his circumlocutory delicacy: " Never mind; help or no help, what th' old farmer feels is- and quite nat'ral. – The Complete Project Gutenberg Works of George Meredith by George Meredith
  3. That the- necessarily vague and circumlocutory expositions of civic institutions and popular liberty which they have so often and so largely promulgated should have been used as a serviceable blind of dynastic statecraft is not to be set down to their discredit. – An Inquiry Into The Nature Of Peace And The Terms Of Its Perpetuation by Thorstein Veblen
  4. For in the circumlocutory native way of dealing with matters of importance, Tyisandhlu had received with favour his request, preferred after the same method, that some of his possessions should be restored to him. – The Sign of the Spider by Bertram Mitford
  5. I was silent an instant, thinking how to find words passably comprehensible and yet conventionally circumlocutory and euphemistic. – To-morrow? by Victoria Cross
  6. Herbert has a circumlocutory manner over the phone which irritates me. – Sight Unseen by Mary Roberts Rinehart
  7. She especially enjoyed overcoming the difficulties of interpreting aright my clumsy, circumlocutory phrases in attempting to describe shawls, gowns, and bonnets; and taught me the exact millinery language which I ought to have made use of with an arch expression of triumph and a burlesque earnestness of manner, that always enchanted me. – Basil by Wilkie Collins
  8. That tells it all, straight to the understanding, without any sickly circumlocutory stuff; and there's nothing more offensive to us when we're hurt at intelligence. – The Complete Project Gutenberg Works of George Meredith by George Meredith
  9. After a good deal of circumlocutory observations, they thought their own entitled to the preference, being more convenient, on account of its being made wide and loose and free from tight ligatures; whereas ours must be exceedingly uneasy and troublesome in any other posture than that of standing upright; and particularly so in making the genuflections and prostrations which were customary and indeed necessary to be performed by all persons whenever the Emperor appeared in public. – Travels in China, Containing Descriptions, Observations, and Comparisons, Made and Collected in the Course of a Short Residence at the Imperial Palace of Yuen-Min-Yuen, and on a Subsequent Journey through the Country from Pekin to Canton by John Barrow