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noun Archaic. (used with a plural verb)
  1. winding, roundabout paths or ways.
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Origin of ambages

1350–1400; Middle English < Latin ambāgēs (plural) circuits, equivalent to amb(i)- ambi- + -āg- (combining form of agere to move) + -ēs plural ending; cf. indagate
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Historical Examples

  • Charles ran through all the ambages of intrigue, like a subject who endeavours to make a minister suspected by his master.

    The History of Peter the Great, Emperor of Russia


  • Longa est injuria, long / Ambages—Long is the story of her wrongs, tedious the details.