amphigoric

amphigory

[am-fi-gawr-ee, -gohr-ee]
noun, plural amphigories.
a meaningless or nonsensical piece of writing, especially one intended as a parody.
Also, amphigouri.


Origin:
1800–10; < French amphigouri, equivalent to amphi- amphi- + gouri; perhaps modeled on French equivalent of phantasmagoria

amphigoric [am-fuh-gawr-ik, -gor-] , adjective
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amphigory or amphigouri (ˈæmfɪɡərɪ, ˈæmfɪˌɡʊərɪ)
 
n , pl -ries, -ris
a piece of nonsensical writing in verse or, less commonly, prose
 
[C19: from French amphigouri, of unknown origin]
 
amphigouri or amphigouri
 
n
 
[C19: from French amphigouri, of unknown origin]
 
amphigoric or amphigouri
 
adj

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amphigory
1809, "burlesque nonsense writing or verse," from Fr. amphigouri, of unknown origin, perhaps from Gk. amphi- (q.v.) + gyros "circle," thus "circle on both sides," or second element may be from Gk. -agoria "speech" (cf. allegory, category).
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