amphigory (n.) 1809, "burlesque nonsense writing or verse," from Fr. amphigouri, of unknown origin, perhaps from Gk. amphi- (see AMPHI- (Cf. amphi-)) + gyros "circle," thus "circle on both sides," or second element may be from Gk. -agoria "speech" (Cf. allegory, category). Related: Amphigoric.

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  • Amphigory — Am phi*go*ry, n. [F. amphigouri, of uncertain derivation; perh. fr. Gr. ? + ? a circle.] A nonsense verse; a rigmarole, with apparent meaning, which on further attention proves to be meaningless. [Written also {amphigouri}.] [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • amphigory — index parody Burton s Legal Thesaurus. William C. Burton. 2006 …   Law dictionary

  • amphigory — [am′fə gôr΄ē] n. pl. amphigories [Fr amphigouri] a piece of nonsense writing, as in burlesque …   English World dictionary

  • amphigory — noun nonsensical writing (usually verse) • Syn: ↑nonsense verse • Hypernyms: ↑nonsense, ↑bunk, ↑nonsensicality, ↑meaninglessness, ↑hokum * * * amphigoric …   Useful english dictionary

  • amphigory — amphigoric /am feuh gawr ik, gor /, adj. /am fi gawr ee, gohr ee/, n., pl. amphigories. a meaningless or nonsensical piece of writing, esp. one intended as a parody. Also, amphigouri. [1800 10; < F amphigouri, equiv. to amphi AMPHI + gouri; perh …   Universalium

  • amphigory — n. nonsense poem, illogical verse …   English contemporary dictionary

  • amphigory — am·phi·go·ry …   English syllables

  • amphigory — am•phi•go•ry [[t]ˈæm fɪˌgɔr i, ˌgoʊr i[/t]] n. pl. ries a meaningless or nonsensical piece of writing, esp. one intended as a parody • Etymology: 1800–10; < F amphigouri am phi•gor′ic ˈgɔr ɪk, ˈgɒr adj …   From formal English to slang

  • amphigory — 1. A poem that seems profound but is really complete nonsense 2. A seemingly profound poem which is actually nonsense …   Grandiloquent dictionary

  • amphigory —   n. a nonsense verse or burlesque composition with no meaning …   Dictionary of difficult words

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