ambage

noun
am·bage | \ ˈam-bij \
plural ambages\am-ˈbā-(ˌ)jēz, ˈam-bi-jəz \

Definition of ambage 

1 archaic : ambiguity, circumlocution usually used in plural

2 ambages plural, archaic : indirect ways or proceedings

First Known Use of ambage

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for ambage

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

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