Definitions

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. Ambiguous or equivocal speech or discourse.
  • n. Repetition of a word or phrase.
  • n. A series of two related works

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. An ambiguous speech; a figure in which a word is used an equivocal sense.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. In rhetoric: The use of a word or words twice in the same context; repetition, especially for the sake of emphasis. Unnecessary or ill-judged dilogy results in tautology (which see).
  • n. Intentional use of an ambiguous expression; the word or expression so used. Ambiguity in a wider sense is called amphiboly or amphibology.

Etymologies

From Latin dilogia, from Ancient Greek διλογία (dilogía, "repetition"), from δίς (dís, "twice") + -λογία (-logía, "-logy") (Wiktionary)

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  • JM is aiming to restrict his dilogy in a diligent and intentional (good) manner.

    October 18, 2010

  • Intentional ambiguousness. (from Phrontistery)

    May 25, 2008