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[am-fi-gawr-ee, -gohr-ee] /ˈæm fɪˌgɔr i, -ˌgoʊr i/
noun, plural amphigories.
a meaningless or nonsensical piece of writing, especially one intended as a parody.
Also, amphigouri.
Origin of amphigory
1800-10; < French amphigouri, equivalent to amphi- amphi- + gouri; perhaps modeled on French equivalent of phantasmagoria
Related forms
[am-fuh-gawr-ik, -gor-] /ˌæm fəˈgɔr ɪk, -ˈgɒr-/ (Show IPA),
adjective Unabridged
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British Dictionary definitions for amphigory


noun (pl) -ries, -ris
a piece of nonsensical writing in verse or, less commonly, prose
Derived Forms
amphigoric (ˌæmfɪˈɡɒrɪk) adjective
Word Origin
C19: from French amphigouri, of unknown origin
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Word Origin and History for amphigory

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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