ambage

noun
am·​bage | \ ˈam-bij How to pronounce ambage (audio) \
plural ambages\ am-​ˈbā-​(ˌ)jēz How to pronounce ambages (audio) , ˈam-​bi-​jəz How to pronounce ambages (audio) \

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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“Ambage.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/ambage. Accessed 15 December 2019.

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