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Nov 14, 2014
This week's theme
Words that appear to be misspelled

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tegular
refection
frustraneous
wonted
ambagious

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ambagious

PRONUNCIATION:
(am-BAY-juhs)

MEANING:
adjective: Roundabout; circuitous.

ETYMOLOGY:
From Middle English ambages (equivocation), taken as a plural and the singular ambage coined from it. From Latin ambages, from ambi- (both, around) + agere (to drive). Ultimately from the Indo-European root ag- (to drive, draw, or move), which also gave us act, agent, agitate, litigate, synagogue, ambassador, agonistes, axiomatic, cogent, incogitant, exigent, exiguous, intransigent. Earliest documented use: 1656.

USAGE:
"... Mandelstam's ambagious passage to a common grave outside a transit camp."
Andrew Hudgins; Stalin's Laughter; The Kenyon Review (Gambier, Ohio); Spring 2010.

See more usage examples of ambagious in Vocabulary.com's dictionary.

A THOUGHT FOR TODAY:
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