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Origin of amphibology

1325–75; Middle English amphibologie < Late Latin amphibologia. See amphiboly, -logy
Related formsam·phib·o·log·i·cal [am-fib-uh-loj-i-kuh l] /æmˌfɪb əˈlɒdʒ ɪ kəl/, adjectiveam·phib·o·log·i·cal·ly, adverb Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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amphiboly (æmˈfɪbəlɪ)

noun plural -gies or -lies
  1. ambiguity of expression, esp when due to a grammatical construction, as in save rags and waste paper
Derived Formsamphibolic or amphibolous (æmˈfɪbələs), adjectiveamphibological (æmˌfɪbəˈlɒdʒɪkəl), adjectiveamphibologically, adverb

Word Origin for amphibology

C14: from Late Latin amphibologia, ultimately from Greek amphibolos ambiguous; see amphibole, -logy
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