ambidexter

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Medieval Latin ambidexter, from ambi- + dexter.

Pronunciation[edit]

Noun[edit]

ambidexter (plural ambidexters)

  1. Someone who is ambidextrous.
  2. (obsolete, slang) A lawyer who takes fees from both plaintiff and defendant.
  3. (by extension) Someone who is two-faced; a double-dealer.
    • 1621, Robert Burton, The Anatomy of Melancholy, New York Review of Books, 2001, p.65:
      One takes upon him temperence, holiness […], whenas indeed he, and he, and he, and the rest are hypocrites, ambidexters, outsides, so many turning pictures, a lion on one side, a lamb on the other.

Adjective[edit]

ambidexter (not comparable)

  1. ambidextrous
    (Can we find and add a quotation of Smollett to this entry?)

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