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amphigory

[am-fi-gawr-ee, -gohr-ee]
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noun, plural am·phi·go·ries.
  1. a meaningless or nonsensical piece of writing, especially one intended as a parody.

Origin of amphigory

1800–10; < French amphigouri, equivalent to amphi- amphi- + gouri; perhaps modeled on French equivalent of phantasmagoria
Related formsam·phi·gor·ic [am-fuh-gawr-ik, -gor-] /ˌæm fəˈgɔr ɪk, -ˈgɒr-/, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for amphigoric

amphigory

amphigouri (ˈæmfɪˌɡʊərɪ)

noun plural -ries or -ris
  1. a piece of nonsensical writing in verse or, less commonly, prose
Derived Formsamphigoric (ˌæmfɪˈɡɒrɪk), adjective

Word Origin

C19: from French amphigouri, of unknown origin
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Word Origin and History for amphigoric

amphigory

n.

1809, "burlesque nonsense writing or verse," from French amphigouri, of unknown origin, perhaps from Greek amphi- (see amphi-) + gyros "circle," thus "circle on both sides," or second element may be from Greek -agoria "speech" (cf. allegory, category). Related: Amphigoric.

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