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A.Word.A.Day--circumbendibus

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This week's theme: 14-letter words, 14-letter definitions.

circumbendibus (sur-kuhm-BEN-duh-buhs) noun

Circumlocution.

[From Latin circum- (around) + English bend + Latin -ibus.]

-Anu Garg (words at wordsmith.org)

"There are times when [George] Steiner does the exact opposite, dressing up banalities in the most clotted, Latinate and circumbendibus waffle in order to make them appear profound." Christopher Hart; Speaking in Tongues; Sunday Times (London, UK); Jan 6, 2008.

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