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peripheral nervous system
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Periphrastic definitions

Webster's 1828 Dictionary

PERIPHRAS'TIC
PERIPHRAS'TICAL, a. Circumlocutory; expressing or expressed in more words than are necessary; expressing the sense of one word in many.

WordNet (r) 3.0 (2005)

adj
1: roundabout and unnecessarily wordy; "had a preference for circumlocutious (or circumlocutory) rather than forthright expression"; "A periphrastic study in a worn- out poetical fashion,/ Leaving one still with the intolerable wrestle/ With words and meanings."-T.S.Eliot; (`ambagious' is archaic) [syn: circumlocutious, circumlocutory, periphrastic, ambagious]

Merriam Webster's

adjective Date: 1805 1. of, relating to, or characterized by periphrasis 2. formed by the use of function words or auxiliaries instead of by inflection <more fair is a periphrastic comparative> periphrastically adverb

Oxford Reference Dictionary

adj. Gram. 1 of or involving periphrasis. 2 (of a case, tense, etc.) formed by combination of words rather than by inflection (e.g. did go, of the people rather than went, the people' s). Derivatives: periphrastically adv. Etymology: Gk periphrastikos (as PERIPHRASIS)

Webster's 1913 Dictionary

Periphrastic Per`i*phras"tic, Periphrastical Per`i*phras"tic*al, a. [Gr. ?: cf. F. p['e]riphrastique.] Expressing, or expressed, in more words than are necessary; characterized by periphrase; circumlocutory. Periphrastic conjugation (Gram.), a conjugation formed by the use of the simple verb with one or more auxiliaries.

Soule's Dictionary of English Synonyms

a.; (also periphrastical) Circumlocutory, roundabout, indirect, going round.



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