- Strictly speaking, in an amphiboly the individual words are unambiguous; the ambiguity results entirely from the linguistic manner in which they have been combined.
From Old French amphibolie, from Latin amphibolia, from Ancient Greek ἀμφιβολία (amphibolia, “ambiguity”).
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