amphibology[am′fə bäl′ə jē]
- double or doubtful meaning; ambiguity, esp. from uncertain grammatical construction
- an ambiguous phrase, proposition, etc.
Origin: Middle English amphibologie ; from Late Latin amphibologia (altered after words ending inch(es) -logia, -logy) ; from Classical Latin amphibolia ; from Classical Greek ambiguity ; from amphiballein: see amphibole
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noun pl. am·phi·bol·o·gies
Origin: French amphibologie, from Late Latin amphibologia : Latin amphibo(lia), ambiguity (from Greek amphiboliā, from amphibolos, doubtful; see amphibole) + Latin -logia, -logy (added on the model of such words as tautologia, tautology).