ambages

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

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

Pronunciation[edit]

Noun[edit]

ambages pl (plural only)

  1. Indirect or roundabout ways of talking; circumlocution.
    • 1621, Democritus Junior [pseudonym; Robert Burton], The Anatomy of Melancholy, Oxford: Printed by Iohn Lichfield and Iames Short, for Henry Cripps, OCLC 216894069:, Bk.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]

Etymology[edit]

From ambi- (both) +‎ agō (I drive) +‎ -ēs (noun forming suffix).

Pronunciation[edit]

Noun[edit]

ambāgēs f (genitive ambāgis); third declension

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

Inflection[edit]

Third declension, alternative accusative singular in -im, alternative ablative singular in and accusative plural in -īs.

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

Descendants[edit]

References[edit]

  • ambages in Charlton T. Lewis and Charles Short (1879) A Latin Dictionary, Oxford: Clarendon Press
  • ambages in Charlton T. Lewis (1891) An Elementary Latin Dictionary, New York: Harper & Brothers
  • du Cange, Charles (1883), “ambages”, in G. A. Louis Henschel, Pierre Carpentier, Léopold Favre, editors, Glossarium Mediæ et Infimæ Latinitatis (in Latin), Niort: L. Favre
  • ambages” in Félix Gaffiot’s Dictionnaire Illustré Latin-Français, Hachette (1934)
  • Carl Meissner; Henry William Auden (1894) Latin Phrase-Book[1], London: Macmillan and Co.
    • to speak without circumlocution: missis ambagibus dicere

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)

Descendants[edit]


Spanish[edit]

Etymology[edit]

from Latin ambāges

Noun[edit]

ambages m pl (plurale tantum)

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

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