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Ambages  n. pl.  A circuit; a winding. Hence: Circuitous way or proceeding; quibble; circumlocution; indirect mode of speech. "After many ambages, perspicuously define what this melancholy is."

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"Ambages" Quotes from Famous Books

... ingenious conceits, every man contributing his shot, and some there the most expert shooters of the day; after making a poor word run the gauntlet till it is ready to drop; after hunting and winding it through all the possible ambages of similar sounds; after squeezing, and hauling, and tugging at it, till the very milk of it will not yield a drop further,—suddenly some obscure, unthought-of fellow in a corner, who was never 'prentice to the trade, whom the company for very pity passed over, as we do by a ...
— The Works of Charles and Mary Lamb, Volume 2 • Charles Lamb

... Falls with sweet savor. Impious counterfeits! Prating of heaven, for earth their bosom beats! Grasping at weeds, they lose immortal palms! God needs not iteration nor vain cries: That man communion with his God might share Below, Christ gave the ordinance of prayer: Vague ambages and witless ecstasies Avail not: ere a voice to prayer be given, The heart should rise on wings of ...
— Library of the World's Best Literature, Ancient and Modern — Volume 11 • Various

Words linked to "Ambages" :   plural form, archaicism, way, way of life, archaism

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