ambage

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n ambage a style that involves indirect ways of expressing things
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n ambage A winding or roundabout way; hence.
    • n ambage Circumlocution; equivocation; obscurity or ambiguity of speech.
    • n ambage Circuitous or devious ways; secret acts.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Ambage am′bāj roundabout phrases: circuitous paths, windings: dark and mysterious courses
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Usage

In literature:

PER AMBAGES, by circumlocution, in a roundabout way.
"Red Gauntlet" by Sir Walter Scott
There should be ambages in such a matter.
"The Belton Estate" by Anthony Trollope
No "longae ambages" for him.
"Castle Richmond" by Anthony Trollope
Lay by these ambages; what seeks the Moor?
"A Select Collection of Old English Plays" by Robert Dodsley
Give me your hand, and answer me without ambages, or ambiguities.
"Dryden's Works Vol. 3 (of 18)" by John Dryden
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