amphibology


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am·phi·bol·o·gy

 (ăm′fə-bŏl′ə-jē)
n. pl. am·phi·bol·o·gies
An ambiguous or equivocal statement.

[French amphibologie, from Late Latin amphibologia : Latin amphibo(lia), ambiguity (from Greek amphiboliā, from amphibolos, doubtful; see amphibole) + Latin -logia, -logy (added on the model of such words as tautologia, tautology).]

amphibology

(ˌæmfɪˈbɒlədʒɪ) or

amphiboly

n, pl -gies or -lies
(Logic) ambiguity of expression, esp when due to a grammatical construction, as in save rags and waste paper
[C14: from Late Latin amphibologia, ultimately from Greek amphibolos ambiguous; see amphibole, -logy]
ˌamphiˈbolic, amphibolous adj
amphibological adj
amˌphiboˈlogically adv

am•phib•o•ly

(æmˈfɪb ə li)

n., pl. -lies.
ambiguity of speech, esp. from uncertainty of the grammatical construction rather than of the meaning of the words, as in The Duke yet lives that Henry shall depose.
[1580–90; < Latin amphibolia < Greek, =amphíbol(os) ambiguous, n. derivative of amphibállein to throw round, be in dispute + -ia -y3]

amphibology

1. an ambiguity of language.
2. a word, phrase, or sentence that can be interpreted variously because of uncertainty of grammatical construction rather than ambiguity of the words used, as “John met his father when he was sick.” Also amphibologism, amphiboly.amphibological, amphibolous, adj.
See also: Grammar
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.amphibology - an ambiguous grammatical construction; e.g., `they are flying planes' can mean either that someone is flying planes or that something is flying planes
ambiguity - an expression whose meaning cannot be determined from its context
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Eugenio L Giusti, The Renaissance Courtesan in Words, Letters and Images: Social Amphibology and Moral Framing (A Diachronic Perspective), LED: Milan, 2014; 96 pp.
The Counter-Reformation reinforcement of the transcendental, comic outlook did not entail the expulsion of tragedy from the Baroque republic of letters, but it did mean that there was the same amphibology of tragic and "comic," empathetic and detached perspectives in the tragic comedias as in the tragicomic comedias.
90) Significantly, type one and two deceit mirror sixteenth-century Catholic casuist advice on equivocation or amphibology and mental reservation rather than the absolute and seemingly cynical breach with conventional or traditional morality that Machiavelli advocated.
In looking for fallacies of ambiguities no problems in the use of amphibology, emphasis or composition were found.