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Definition of the noun ambages

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  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 previewThe Satires of Aulus Persius Flaccus (1884)

by Persius

ambages is any evasive excuse which avoids the point. tibi luditur = tua res agitnr, the game is yours (and no one's else).- effluis amens, you, idiot as you are, are dribbling away. JEffluere is used ...

Google previewRobert Burton and the Transformative Powers of Melancholy (2016)

by 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 Comparative Perspective (2016)

by Andrea Ercolani, Manuela Giordano

Ambages is the word that at Rome appears alongside the Graecism aenigma in the definition of obscure utterances and riddles,383 the presence of which, ...

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 previewA Dictionary of the English Language (1818)

In which the Words are Deduced from Their Originals; and Illustrated in Their Different Significations, by Examples from the Best Writers: Together with a History of the Language, and an English Grammar by Samuel Johnson


Google previewLexicon Encyclion... (1745)

by Johann A Weber

Umfcbreeiff, ambages, circurcio, amfracVus, oreuitus, ...

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 Dictionary of Literary Devices (1991)

Gradus, A-Z by Bernard Marie Dupriez

ambages (but only in the expression 'parler sans ambages,' 'to get straight to the point') Other definition: Quillet, Robert, and Lanham compare circumlocution to periphrasis* (a comparison which is particularly valid ...

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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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