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Apr 8, 2014
This week's theme
Words formed in error

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belfry
ambage
arrant
sashay
viperine

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ambage

PRONUNCIATION:
(AM-bij)

MEANING:
noun: Ambiguity; circumlocution.

ETYMOLOGY:
From Middle English ambages (equivocation), taken as a plural and the singular ambage coined from it. From Latin ambages, from ambi- (both, around) + agere (to drive). Ultimately from the Indo-European root ag- (to drive, draw, or move), which also gave us act, agent, agitate, litigate, synagogue, ambassador, agonistes, axiomatic, cogent, incogitant, exigent, exiguous, intransigent. Earliest documented use: 1374.

USAGE:
"This increase in ambage measures increased arbitrariness."
Harrison C. White; Identity and Control; Princeton University Press; 2008.

See more usage examples of ambage in Vocabulary.com's dictionary.

A THOUGHT FOR TODAY:
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