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amphibology

[am-fuh-bol-uh-jee]
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noun, plural am·phi·bol·o·gies.
  1. amphiboly.
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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
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Historical Examples

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

    Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary (part 1 of 4: A-D)

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British Dictionary definitions for amphibology

amphibology

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
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Derived Formsamphibolic or amphibolous (æmˈfɪbələs), adjectiveamphibological (æmˌfɪbəˈlɒdʒɪkəl), adjectiveamphibologically, adverb

Word Origin

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