A Word A Day : Circuitous
Wednesday, 4th June 2008 : Today's Word is ...
( Adjective )
Pronunciation : ser-kyo-itess
1. lengthy because very indirect
2. being or taking a roundabout, lengthy course
3. marked by obliqueness or indirection in speech or conduct
4. deviating from a straight course
5. not direct in manner or language or behavior or action
6. not direct in spatial dimension
From Medieval Latin circuitōsus, from Latin circuitus, a going around
anfractuous, circular, devious, indirect, oblique, roundabout, tortuous
direct, in line, straight
• He took a circuitous route to avoid the accident site.
• The circuitous bus route between the two cities went here, there and everywhere and it took an extremely long time to get anywhere.
• The salesman's route was circuitous. It would go aimlessly through many small towns.
• A circuitous argument is one that rambles around for quite a while before making its point.
• A circuitous argument is very similar to a circular argument, which is one that ends up where it begins or attempts to prove something without offering any new information. To say, A majority is that which exists when there is a majority, is to give a circular, or tautological, definition of the word majority.
• circuity : Noun
• circuitousness : Noun
• circuitously : Adverb
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