Amphibology Am`phi*bol"o*gy ([a^]m`f[i^]*b[-o]l"[-o]*j[y^]), n.; pl. {Amphibologies} (-j[i^]z). [L. amphibologia, for amphibolia, fr. Gr. 'amfiboli`a, with the ending -logia as if fr. Gr. 'amfi`bolos ambiguous + lo`gos speech: cf. F. amphibologie. See {Amphiboly}.] A phrase, discourse, or proposition, susceptible of two interpretations; and hence, of uncertain meaning. It differs from equivocation, which arises from the twofold sense of a single term. [1913 Webster]

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