Origin of amphibolousFrom Late Latin amphibolus; see amphibole.
(comparative more amphibolous, superlative most amphibolous)
- (obsolete) ambiguous; doubtful
- Never was there such an amphibolous quarrel "” both parties declaring themselves for the king. "” Howell.
Part or all of this entry has been imported from the 1913 edition of Webster's Dictionary, which is now free of copyright and hence in the public domain. The imported definitions may be significantly out of date, and any more recent senses may be completely missing.
Variant of amphibology
- double or doubtful meaning; ambiguity, esp. from uncertain grammatical construction
- an ambiguous phrase, proposition, etc.
Origin of amphibologyMiddle English amphibologie ; from Late Latin amphibologia (altered after words ending in -logia, -logy) ; from Classical Latin amphibolia ; from Classical Greek ambiguity ; from amphiballein: see amphibole