how to pronounce circumlocution


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circumlocution is pronounced in five syllables

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meanings of circumlocution


  1. A roundabout or indirect way of speaking; the use of more words than necessary to express an idea.
  2. A roundabout expression.

circumlocution frequency in english - C2+ level of CEFR

the word circumlocution occurs in english on average 0.2 times per one million words; this frequency warrants it to be in the study list for C2+ level of language mastery according to CEFR, the Common European Framework of Reference.

topics circumlocution can be related to

it is hard to perfectly classify words into specific topics since each word can have many context of its use, but our machine-learning models believe that circumlocution can be often used in the following areas:

1) communication, information, and media;

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