periphrasis


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Synonyms for periphrasis

a style that involves indirect ways of expressing things

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Boyde, 56-57, notes that Geoffrey of Vinsauf equates periphrasis, metonymy, and a species of emphasis.
Type IIb represents the traditional verbal periphrasis in the European languages which has given rise to the term auxiliary.
He opens his "Cantico," in fact, by emulating Dante's tendency in the Comedy to record the temporal setting of his narrative by means of a mythological periphrasis.
Still the Darwinian periphrasis ("il compito di conservatrici della specie") cleverly allows Neera to underline woman's maternal mission and duty even as she notes its deleterious effects on woman's physical and psychological constitution: it is clear that her mother's predicament is not a personal problem but a social ill.
Further, although a periphrasis of *handaman- + kar- is not found in Old Persian inscriptions, according to Dihkhuda it does occur in New Persian as andam andam kardan, where it also means "to dismember," lit.
In order to convey the atelic reading, the progressive periphrasis should obligatorily be used, as in (22b).
They reflect that necessary recourse to periphrasis for sidestepping obscene matters endorsed, for example, by Quintilian in the rhetorical tradition.
Similarly, setting itself off against the background of the ongoing (unmarked) narration, periphrasis is a (marked) stylistic figure whose emphatic quality suggests not self-address, but rather the self-addressed report of someone else's address: "Your mother said they would not force you, they were not believers in force" (193).
We have long been aware, thanks to the work of McFarlane, of the difficulties raised by the periphrasis of the first verse ("De l'Occean l'Adultaire obstine") and the mythical couple, Adonis-Clytie.
The Punic illustrates four features of the Tripolitanian dialect that are of considerable grammatical interest: (i) the allomorphs of the possessive pronoun of the third masculine plural in complementary distribution; (ii) the vocalization of the definite article; (iii) the independent personal pronoun of the third person used as a true demonstrative; and (iv) the periphrasis of the passive voice by the third person plural of the active.
But this latter construction is much more obviously "grammaticalised", in so far as the first element is limited to the "bare form" of this go verb, the form that in (52b-c) is itself found complementing a periphrasis.
In his eighteenth chapter, Puttenham uses the category of dissimulation to describe such rhetorical figures as enigma, ironia, and periphrasis (196-206).
Or is periphrasis primary, with reduction and fusion resulting secondarily from high frequency of use?
First of all, PDE has also COMP and SUP inflection for adjectival and adverbial categories, but can we apply the notion of paradigm to them even if some lexemes have only periphrasis with more/most?
The nouns and verbs building the narrative are direct and precise, which they must be in order to drive their meaning home without additional explanation, repetition or periphrasis.