Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. The use of ambiguities; quibbling.
- n. In logic, ambiguity in the meaning of a proposition, arising either from an uncertain syntax or from a figure of speech.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. Ambiguous discourse; amphibology.
- n. an ambiguous grammatical construction; e.g., `they are flying planes' can mean either that someone is flying planes or that something is flying planes
- From Old French amphibolie, from Latin amphibolia, from Ancient Greek ἀμφιβολία ("ambiguity"). (Wiktionary)
“Without this reflection I should make a very unsafe use of these conceptions, and construct pretended synthetical propositions which critical reason cannot acknowledge and which are based solely upon a transcendental amphiboly, that is, upon a substitution of an object of pure understanding for a phenomenon.”
“I think that you'll find the average intellectual capacity here to be more than sufficient to see through weak attempts at confusion through amphiboly.”
“Might I suggest that there would be considerably less bilious acrimony in the comment section in threads such as have been posted in the last few days if people would kindly knock it off with the amphiboly already?”
“The fallacies noted throughout are the standard ones discussed in Aristotle's De Sophisticis Elenchis: the fallacy of equivocation; the fallacy of accident; the fallacy of the composite and divided senses; the fallacy of the consequent; the fallacy of absolute and qualified senses; the fallacy of many causes of truth; amphiboly; improper supposition.”
“If, on the other hand, one had drawn a distinction, and questioned him on the ambiguous term or the amphiboly, the refutation would not have been a matter of uncertainty.”
“If people never made two questions into one question, the fallacy that turns upon ambiguity and amphiboly would not have existed either, but either genuine refutation or none.”
“This fallacy has also in it an element of amphiboly in the questions, but it really depends upon combination.”
“It often happens, however, that, though they see the amphiboly, people hesitate to draw such distinctions, because of the dense crowd of persons who propose questions of the kind, in order that they may not be thought to be obstructionists at every turn: then, though they would never have supposed that that was the point on which the argument turned, they often find themselves faced by a paradox.”
“Of the refutations, then, that depend upon ambiguity and amphiboly some contain some question with more than one meaning, while others contain a conclusion bearing a number of senses: e.g. in the proof that ‘speaking of the silent’ is possible, the conclusion has a double meaning, while in the proof that”
“Those ways of producing the false appearance of an argument which depend on language are six in number: they are ambiguity, amphiboly, combination, division of words, accent, form of expression.”
These user-created lists contain the word ‘amphiboly’.
These come from gamma meditation ,I think.
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I know it's been done before, but I just couldn't resist having my own list--I'll be borrowing from Amberley's list of Fallacies (and others).
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