from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun One of two or more things of different nature but having the same name or designated by the same vocable.
  • noun An ambiguous term; a word susceptible of different significations.
  • noun Equivocation.

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  • noun Alternative form of equivoque.


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  • The wit of the performance was made to consist in quibble and equivoke, and in the misuse of language, after the fashion, but without the refinement, of Mrs. Partington.

    The Atlantic Monthly, Volume 20, No. 121, November, 1867

  • Finally, _sincerity_ imposed upon the artist as a duty (this law of ethics which, they say, is also a law of aesthetic) arises from another equivoke.

    Aesthetic as Science of Expression and General Linguistic

  • Passing to the second, not altogether insignificant, use of these words and distinctions, we sometimes find in the examination of a literary composition such remarks as follow: here is a pleonasm, here an ellipse, there a metaphor, here again a synonym or an equivoke.

    Aesthetic as Science of Expression and General Linguistic

  • Thus in hellenic plastic art has been discovered the calm and serene intuition of life of those peoples, who feel, nevertheless, so poignantly, the universality of sorrow; thus has recently been discerned on the faces of the Byzantine saints "the terror of the millennium," a terror which is an equivoke, or an artificial legend invented by modern scholars.

    Aesthetic as Science of Expression and General Linguistic

  • On one hand, aesthetic Physic falls back into the equivoke of the theory of artistic and literary classes, by attempting to determine aesthetically the abstractions of our intellect; on the other, fails to recognize, as we said, the true formation of so-called natural beauty; for which the question as to whether some given individual animal, flower, or man be beautiful or ugly, is altogether excluded.

    Aesthetic as Science of Expression and General Linguistic

  • After all, no man can be sure that it is required of him to save society; every man can be sure that he is called upon to keep himself clean from mendacity and equivoke.

    Critical Miscellanies (Vol. 2 of 3) Turgot

  • As we look along the line of the British dramatists for the last hundred years we shall find no parallel to his felicity in the use of comic inversion and equivoke, till we come to

    Shadows of the Stage

  • Marian, arrayed as a boy, and pretending to be her brother Walter, has been present at this combat, as a spectator, and a sparkling scene of equivoke, mischief, and sentiment ensues between Marian and Robin.

    Shadows of the Stage

  • The pun or equivoke will be better understood by an

    Character Sketches of Romance, Fiction and the Drama A Revised American Edition of the Reader's Handbook, Vol. 3

  • This was a poser; but Joe was ready with an equivoke.

    Two Years Before the Mast


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  • This was a poser; but Joe was ready with an equivoke.

    - Richard Henry Dana Jr., Two Years Before the Mast, ch. 35

    September 10, 2008

  • (noun) - An ambiguous expression; a quibble; from Latin œquivocus, ambiguous.

    --Joseph Worcester's Comprehensive Dictionary of the English Language, 1881

    January 17, 2018