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amphiboly

[am-fib-uh-lee] /æmˈfɪb ə li/
noun, plural amphibolies.
1.
ambiguity of speech, especially from uncertainty of the grammatical construction rather than of the meaning of the words, as in The Duke yet lives that Henry shall depose.
Also called amphibology.
Origin of amphiboly
1580-1590
1580-90; < Latin amphibolia < Greek. See amphibolous, -y3
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