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- n. Indirect or roundabout ways of talking; circumlocution.
- n. Indirect or roundabout routes or directions.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n.pl. A circuit; a winding. Hence: Circuitous way or proceeding; quibble; circumlocution; indirect mode of speech.
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- n. (archaic) roundabout or mysterious ways of action
"ambages" as an English word in his translation of Lucan.
He complained without ambages of mœurs Arabes in French regiments, and declared that the result of the African wars was an éffrayable débordement pédérastique, even as the vérole resulted from the Italian campaigns of that age of passion, the xvith century.
Melancholy, Death of Friends, Losses, &c. In this labyrinth of accidental causes, the farther I wander, the more intricate I find the passage, multae ambages, and new causes as so many by-paths offer themselves to be discussed: to search out all, were an
Having thus briefly anatomised the body and soul of man, as a preparative to the rest; I may now freely proceed to treat of my intended object, to most men's capacity; and after many ambages, perspicuously define what this melancholy is, show his name and differences.
It was in vain that Archie, unwilling to have it thought that he had been worsted in diplomacy, argued that with these political personages, and especially with Russian political personages, the ambages were everything — that the preliminaries were in fact the whole, and that when they were arranged, the thing was done.
The American Minister in such matters was accustomed to fewer ambages than were common in the circles among which Mr Glascock had lived.
In hac re si non sit instructus D. Arthurus, aut ea sit dexteritate, vt deprehenso errore eum inuenire et castigare possit timeo ne deuias faciat ambages, tempus ilium fallat, et semiperacto negotio, � gelu pr鎜ccupetur: Aiunt enim
“Longa est fabula, longæ ambages;” this is “Caput rei.”
Non enim res gestae versibus comprehendendae sunt, quod longe melius historici faciunt, sed per ambages deorumque ministeria et fabulosum sententiarum tormentum praecipitandus est liber spiritus. '
Rapin too gives his Vote on the same side, Rien n'est, says he, plus essentiel au Poem Epique, que la Fiction; and quotes Petronius to that purpose, Per ambages, Deorumque ministeria praecipitandus est Liber