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Definition of the noun ambages

What does ambages mean as a name of something?


  1. (archaic) roundabout or mysterious ways of action

Alternative definition of the noun ambages


  1. Indirect or roundabout ways of talking; circumlocution.
  2. Indirect or roundabout routes or directions.

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Google previewRobert Burton and the Transformative Powers of Melancholy (2015)

by Asst Prof Stephanie Shirilan

Neither interpretation fully recognizes the way in which speaking per ambages means to make a riddle or puzzle of oneself or one's meaning.

Google previewThe seven kings of Rome (1872)

by Livy, Josiah Wright

Ambages is a defective noun ; only the ablative ambage being found in the singular. The plural is complete ; but the genitive is ambagum, not ambagium (VII. 2). The word is compounded of ambi, or amb, 'round,' and ago; and therefore means ...

Google previewThe Satires of Aulus Persius Flaccus (1884)

by Persius

ambages is any evasive excuse which ...

Google previewThe Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia (1904)

A Work of Universal Reference in All Departments of Knowledge, with a New Atlas of the World by William Dwight Whitney

They gave those complex ideas names, that they might the more easily record and diseoune of things they were daily conversant in, without long ambages and circumlocutldn. Locke. Lay by these ambagn; what seeks ...

Google previewKritisch-etymologisches Wörterbuch der magyarischen Sprache, etc. (Magyaricae linguae lexicon critico-etymologicum, etc.). (1833)


Inde: ”Haladék, ambages, der Umschweif, mora, der Verzug. t"Halasztani, halogatni, ambages facere, diŕferre, prorogare, Umschweife machen, verschieben, aufschieben, *Hal-ni (dl-ému, (ЗА-дадим. Hesychius ...

Google previewA New Universal Etymological and Pronouncing Dictionary of the English Language (1847)

Embracing All the Terms Used in Art, Science and Literature by John Craig (F.G.S. of Glasgow.)

AMBAGEs—AMBER TREE. AMBAGES, am-ba'jez, s. (Latin.) A circuit of words; a circumlocutory form of speech; a multiplicity of words. Calchas led us with a - That is to saine, with double wordis slie, Such as men clepen a word with two ...

Google previewThe Stanford Dictionary of Anglicised Words and Phrases (1891)

by Charles Augustus Maude Fennell

ambages. 1. of language, roundabout, obscure or ambiguous speech ; periphrasis. abt 1874 And but if Calcas lede us with ambages, | That is to saine, with double words slie | Such as men ctepe a word with two ...

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Scrabble value of A1M3B3A1G2E1S1

The value of this 7-letter word is 12 points. It is included in the first and second editions of the Official Scrabble Players Dictionary.

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