Definition of amphibology in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˌamfəˈbäləjē/

noun (plural amphibologies)

A phrase or sentence that is grammatically ambiguous, such as she sees more of her children than her husband.
Example sentences
  • What is perhaps most revealing about his text is its composite character, as it enacts what Browne might have called the ‘amphibologies,’ the ambiguous frames of mind of which micrography is the theater.
  • I think deliberate amphibologies are used in drafting to get to agreement more than we might like to think.
  • I introduce a general method, the amphibologization method, to generate amphibologies in pre-existent logical calculi.



Pronunciation: /amˈfibələs/
Example sentences
  • Demonstrating remarkable figurai acumen, his amphibolous ‘its’ is a delicious example of the conflation that enables the slippage between agent and agency.
  • An amphibolous sentence permits a double interpretation, one view of which may be true and the other false.
  • No discussion of amphibolgy would be complete without a few gems from the most amphibolous president in US history.


Late Middle English: from Old French amphibologie, from late Latin amphibologia, from Latin amphibolia, from Greek amphibolos 'ambiguous' (see amphibole).

Words that rhyme with amphibology

aetiology (US etiology), andrology, anthology,

For editors and proofreaders

Syllabification: am·phi·bol·o·gy

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