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[59] To these the Greeks add μυκτηρισμός or mockery under the thinnest of disguises.

When we use a number of words to describe something for which one, or at any rate only a few words of description would suffice, it is called periphrasis, that is, a circuitous mode of speech. It is sometimes necessary, being of special service when it conceals something which would be indecent, if expressed in so many words: compare the phrase “To meet the demands of nature” from Sallust.1

1 Presumably from the Histories.

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