- an equivocal term; an ambiguous expression.
- a play on words; pun.
- double meaning; ambiguity.
Origin of equivoque
1350–1400; Middle English equivoc adj.; see equivocal
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Examples from the Web for equivoque
She abhorred the "equivoque" of her life, but could not overcome it.Luttrell Of Arran
Charles James Lever
Not that the Law of Sufficient Reason is quite free from equivoque.
Only, to prevent all equivoque, we must understand one another.Everyday Objects
W. H. Davenport Adams
He can always quiet the voice of conscience by an equivoque.Auricular Confession and Popish Nunneries
A tide is always said to run,—but I thought of the tide without attending to the equivoque, which must be altered.Memoirs of the Life of Sir Walter Scott, Volume V (of 10)
John Gibson Lockhart
- a play on words; pun
- an ambiguous phrase or expression
- double meaning; ambiguity
C14: equivoc equivocal
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