A Word A Day : Circuitous



Wednesday, 4th June 2008 : Today's Word is ...


Circuitous



( Adjective )




Pronunciation : ser-kyo-itess


Definition:



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


Etymology:


From Medieval Latin circuitōsus, from Latin circuitus, a going around


Synonyms:


anfractuous, circular, devious, indirect, oblique, roundabout, tortuous


Antonyms:


direct, in line, straight


Contextual Examples:



• 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.


Related Words:



circuity : Noun

circuitousness : Noun

circuitously : Adverb


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