ambages

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Old French ambages (French ambages), from Latin ambāges, from ambi- + agere (to drive).

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Noun[edit]

ambages (plural only)

  1. Indirect or roundabout ways of talking; circumlocution.
    • 1621, Robert Burton, The Anatomy of Melancholy, Book I, New York 2001, p. 169:
      Having thus briefly anatomized the body and soul of man, [...] I may now freely proceed to treat of my intended subject , to most men's capacity; and after many ambages, perspicuously define what this melancholy is [...].
  2. Indirect or roundabout routes or directions.
    • 1993, Anthony Burgess, A Dead Man In Deptford:
      Paris put fear into him, a city of monstrous size to which London was but a market town. Its ambages of streets bewildered.

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Latin[edit]

Pronunciation[edit]

Noun[edit]

ambāges f (genitive ambāgis); third declension

  1. circuit (roundabout way)
  2. long story
  3. circumlocution, evasion, digression
  4. ambiguity

Inflection[edit]

Third declension i-stem, alternative accusative singular in -im and ablative singular in .

Number Singular Plural
nominative ambāges ambāgēs
genitive ambāgis ambāgium
dative ambāgī ambāgibus
accusative ambāgim
ambāgem
ambāgīs
ambāgēs
ablative ambāgī
ambāge
ambāgibus
vocative ambāges ambāgēs

Old French[edit]

Etymology[edit]

Circa 1355, Borrowing from Latin ambāges.

Noun[edit]

ambages m pl

  1. circumlocution, ambages (indirect or roundabout ways of talking)

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Spanish[edit]

Etymology[edit]

from Latin ambāges

Noun[edit]

ambages m pl

  1. circumlocution, ambages (indirect or roundabout ways of talking)
  2. (rare) ambages (indirect or roundabout routes or directions)

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