American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- adj. Having a grammatical structure that allows of two interpretations; equivocal.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Ambiguous; equivocal: now used only in logic as applied to a sentence susceptible of two meanings.
GNU Webster's 1913
- adj. obsolete Ambiguous; doubtful.
- adj. (Logic) Capable of two meanings.
- Latin amphibolus, Ancient Greek thrown about, doubtful. See amphibole. (Wiktionary)
- From Late Latin amphibolus; see amphibole. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“What more contemptible could the Pagans of old have spoken of their dunghill deities, with their amphibolous [i.e., ambiguous] oracles?”
“He spoke of him afterwards as “that amphibolous being sitting calmly and unmoved on the throne of amphibology, while he cheats and deludes us by his double meaning, covert phraseology, and claps his hands when he sees us involved in his insidious figures of speech, as a spider rejoices over a captured fly.””
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