a condition in which a single word, phrase, or concept has more than one meaning or connotation.
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vagueness, doubt, uncertainty, equivocation, obscurity, puzzle, doubtfulness, dubiousness, tergiversation, indefiniteness, enigma, anagram, dubiety, incertitude, equivocality, double-entendre, equivocacy
Origin of polysemy
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Word Origin for polysemy
C20: from New Latin polysēmia, from Greek polusēmos having many meanings, from poly- + sēma a sign
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