ambage

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

1532, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for ambage

Middle English ambages "intentional ambiguity," borrowed from Anglo-French & Latin; Anglo-French (usually in plural ambages) "circumlocution, avoidance," borrowed from Latin ambāgēs (plural; rare in the singular outside of the ablative ambāge) "roundabout path, circuitous movement, circumlocution," from amb- "around, about" + -āg-, noun derivative (with anomalous vowel lengthening) of agere "to drive (cattle), be in motion, do, perform" — more at ambient entry 1, agent

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“Ambage.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/ambage. Accessed 5 Jul. 2022.

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