What does the word circumlocution mean?

Usage examples for circumlocution

  1. There is no circumlocution about them. – Amusement Only by Richard Marsh
  2. With much protesting and circumlocution, Mrs. Hopper brought herself at length to own that Martha had been known to " take too much," but that was so long ago, and the girl had solemnly declared, etc. – Will Warburton by George Gissing
  3. The story of Little Dorrit stops and lingers at the doors of the Circumlocution Office much in the same way that the story of Samuel Pickwick stops and lingers in the political excitement of Eatanswill. – Appreciations and Criticisms of the Works of Charles Dickens by G. K. Chesterton
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