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ambage

play
noun am·bage \ˈam-bij\

Definition of ambage

plural

ambages

play \am-ˈbā-(ˌ)jēz, ˈam-bi-jəz\
  1. 1 archaic :  ambiguity, circumlocution —usually used in plural

  2. 2 plural archaic :  indirect ways or proceedings



Origin and Etymology of ambage

back-formation from Middle English ambages, from Anglo-French or Latin; Anglo-French, from Latin, from ambi- + agere to drive — more at agent


First Known Use: 14th century


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