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amphibology

[ am-fuh-bol-uh-jee ]

noun

, plural am·phi·bol·o·gies.


amphibology

/ æmˌfɪbəˈlɒdʒɪkəl; æmˈfɪbəlɪ; æmˈfɪbələs; ˌæmfɪˈbɒlədʒɪ /

noun

  1. ambiguity of expression, esp when due to a grammatical construction, as in save rags and waste paper


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Derived Forms

  • ˌamphiˈbolic, adjective
  • amphibological, adjective
  • amˌphiboˈlogically, adverb

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Other Words From

  • am·phib·o·log·i·cal [am-fib-, uh, -, loj, -i-k, uh, l], adjective
  • am·phibo·logi·cal·ly adverb

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Word History and Origins

Origin of amphibology1

1325–75; Middle English amphibologie < Late Latin amphibologia. See amphiboly, -logy

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Word History and Origins

Origin of amphibology1

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

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Example Sentences

Amphibology, am-fib-ol′o-ji, n. the use of ambiguous phrases or such as can be construed in two senses.

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