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(ˈæmfɪɡərɪ) or


n, pl -ries or -ris
(Poetry) a piece of nonsensical writing in verse or, less commonly, prose
[C19: from French amphigouri, of unknown origin]
amphigoric adj


(ˈæm fɪˌgɔr i, -ˌgoʊr i)

n., pl. -ries.
a meaningless or nonsensical piece of writing, esp. one intended as a parody.
[1800–10; < French amphigouri]
am`phi•gor′ic (-ˈgɔr ɪk, -ˈgɒr-) adj.
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Noun1.amphigory - nonsensical writing (usually verse)
hokum, meaninglessness, nonsense, nonsensicality, bunk - a message that seems to convey no meaning
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In his Lettre sur la musique francaise Rousseau testified even more explicitly that Parisian women took pleasure in the French rather than the Italian opera: "C'est sur ces impertinens amphigouris [French arias] que nos Musiciens epuisent leur gout & leur scavoir, & nos Acteurs leurs gestes & leurs poumons; c'est a ces morceaux extravagans que nos femmes se pament d'admiration .