amphiboly

[am-fib-uh-lee]
noun, plural amphibolies.
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:
1580–90; < Latin amphibolia < Greek. See amphibolous, -y3

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amphibology or amphiboly (ˌæmfɪˈbɒlədʒɪ, æmˈfɪbəlɪ)
 
n , pl -gies, -lies
ambiguity of expression, esp when due to a grammatical construction, as in save rags and waste paper
 
[C14: from Late Latin amphibologia, ultimately from Greek amphibolos ambiguous; see amphibole, -logy]
 
amphiboly or amphiboly
 
n
 
[C14: from Late Latin amphibologia, ultimately from Greek amphibolos ambiguous; see amphibole, -logy]
 
amphi'bolic or amphiboly
 
adj
 
amphibolous or amphiboly
 
adj
 
amphibological or amphiboly
 
adj
 
amphibo'logically or amphiboly
 
adv

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The district court, finding an amphiboly, felt free to place an interpretive gloss on the phrase.
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