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




  1. Indirect or roundabout ways of talking; circumlocution.
    • 1621, Robert Burton, The Anatomy of Melancholy, Book 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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