Usage examples for periphrastic

  1. Its compound phrases are either periphrastic or metaphorical; its simple monosyllables are generally those of the current language in an older form. – The English Language by Robert Gordon Latham
  2. By a periphrastic version of the general text. – Ulysses by James Joyce
  3. The periphrastic or progressive conjugation: " I am buying," " I was selling," " I shall be buying," etc. – Pitman's Commercial Spanish Grammar (2nd ed.) by C. A. Toledano
  4. The moment the first dawn of comprehension vaguely illuminated their periphrastic approaches, he blazed out in a fury, cursed them frightfully, called them all the contemptuous names in his rather limited vocabulary, and swore he would see them- uncomfortable first. – Malcolm by George MacDonald
  5. A tall, lank- haired man, looking more like an undertaker than a divine of any denomination, read straight through, without a syllable of preface, the fifteenth chapter of the First Epistle to the Corinthians, and then, kneeling down, began a rambling, extemporaneous prayer, the main object of which seemed to be, to address the Deity by as many periphrastic adjurations as possible. – Border and Bastille by George A. Lawrence
  6. No single individual could deliberately have set to work in order to abolish the old Latin genitive, and to replace it by the periphrastic compound de illo. – Lectures on The Science of Language by Max Müller
  7. Such of his sermons as are still extant are prosy, long- winded, dogmatic absurdities, overloaded with periphrastic illustrations in scriptural language. – The-Love-Letters-of-Dorothy-Osborne-to-Sir-William-Temple-1652-54 by Osborne, Dorothy
  8. In the provinces, where a periphrastic style is still cultivated, polemics are clothed in high- sounding phrases. – The Fortune of the Rougons by Emile Zola
  9. " I've been a fighting character," he said, and this was a periphrastic way of referring to his old occupation in which he evidently took great pleasure; " but now I'm a Miracle. – Faces and Places by Henry William Lucy
  10. I appeal to men of understanding, whether it is not obviously the language of distrust, calculated, as far as such a thing can influence, to prejudice the public opinion against the new constitution; and, in effect, by a periphrastic mode of speech, recommending the rejection of it? – Essays on the Constitution of the United States by Paul Leicester Ford
  11. This article, in which periphrastic abuse was strung together with all the heaviness of touch which characterises French provincial journalism, quite terrified Rougon, who muttered, as Felicite replaced the Gazette on the table: Ah! – The Fortune of the Rougons by Emile Zola