IV. WORDS RELATING TO THE INTELLECTUAL FACULTIES; COMMUNICATION OF IDEAS

III. MEANS OF COMMUNICATING IDEAS

2. Conventional means; language generally; various qualities of style

Diffuseness.

[Antonyms: conciseness.]

[Nouns] diffuseness; amplification; dilating; verbosity, verbiage, cloud of words, copia verborum; flow of words (loquacity) [more]; looseness.

polylogy, tautology, battology, perissology; pleonasm, exuberance, redundance; thrice-told tale; prolixity; circumlocution, ambages; periphrase, periphrasis; roundabout phrases; episode; expletive; penny-a-lining; richness [more].

[Verbs] be diffuse; run out on, descant, expatiate, enlarge, dilate, amplify, expand, inflate; launch out, branch out; rant.

maunder, prose; harp upon (repeat) [more]; dwell on, insist upon.

digress, ramble, battre la campagne, beat about the bush, perorate, spin a long yarn, protract; spin out, swell out, draw out; battologize.

[Adjectives] diffuse, profuse; wordy, verbose, largiloquent, copious, exuberant, pleonastic, lengthy; longsome, longwinded, longspun, long drawn out; spun out, protracted, prolix, prosing, maundering; circumlocutory, periphrastic, ambagious, roundabout; digressive; discursive, excursive; loose; rambling, episodic; flatulent, frothy.

[Adverbs] diffusely; at large, in extenso; about it and about it.

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