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amphiboly

[ am-fib-uh-lee ]
/ æmˈfɪb ə li /
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noun, plural am·phib·o·lies.
ambiguity of speech, especially from uncertainty of the grammatical construction rather than of the meaning of the words, as in The Duke yet lives that Henry shall depose.
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Also called amphibology.

Origin of amphiboly

1580–90; <Latin amphibolia<Greek. See amphibolous, -y3
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