As a noun circumlocution
is a roundabout or indirect way of speaking; the use of more words than necessary to express an idea.
As a verb expatiate is
to range at large, or without restraint.
A roundabout or indirect way of speaking; the use of more words than necessary to express an idea.
A roundabout expression. See also euphemism
* beat around the bush
To range at large, or without restraint.
* Alexander Pope
To write or speak at length; to be copious in argument or discussion, to descant.
- Bids his free soul expatiate in the skies.
- Now, as the business of standing mast-heads, ashore or afloat, is a very ancient and interesting one, let us in some measure expatiate here.
* 2007 , Clive James, Cultural Amnesia (Picador 2007, p. 847)
*:“It can't fly,” he expatiated . “It can move forward only by hopping.”
(obsolete) To expand; to spread; to extend; to diffuse; to broaden.
- He expatiated on the inconveniences of trade.