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3041. Periphrasis (περίφρασις circumlocution) is the use of more words than are necessary to express an idea.

““θρέμματα Νείλουnurslings of the Nile = the EgyptiansP. L. 953e, ““οἰδίπου κάρα_OedipusS. O. T. 40 (κάρα_ expresses reverence or affection). The substantive on which another substantive depends often stands for an adjective, as ἲ_ς Τηλεμάχοιο = mighty Telemach (cp. 1014). For various other periphrases, see the Index.

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