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From: DICT.TW English-Chinese Dictionary 英漢字典

 cir·cum·lo·cu·tion /ˌsɝkṃloˈkjuʃən/

From: Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)

 Cir·cum·lo·cu·tion n.  The use of many words to express an idea that might be expressed by few; indirect or roundabout language; a periphrase.
    the plain Billingsgate way of calling names . . . would save abundance of time lost by circumlocution.   --Swift.
 Circumlocution office, a term of ridicule for a governmental office where business is delayed by passing through the hands of different officials.

From: WordNet (r) 2.0

      n 1: a style that involves indirect ways of expressing things
           [syn: periphrasis, ambage]
      2: an indirect way of expressing something [syn: indirect