Usage examples for ambiguity

  1. Charging Strigel with ambiguity, Flacius replied: " You speak of one kind of synergism and we of another. – Historical Introductions to the Symbolical Books of the Evangelical Lutheran Church by Friedrich Bente
  2. It literally seems to me, besides, that there was more history and thereby more interest recoverable as the matter stood than if every answer to every question about it hadn't had a fine ambiguity. – Notes of a Son and Brother by Henry James
  3. The light of which possibility is, however, too fierce; I turn it off, I tear myself from the view- noting further but the one fact in his history that, by my glimpse of it, quite escapes ambiguity. – A Small Boy and Others by Henry James
  4. Philosophical language will for a long time, and popular language still longer, retain so much of vagueness and ambiguity, that logic would be of little value if it did not, among its other advantages, exercise the understanding in doing its work neatly and correctly with these imperfect tools. – A System Of Logic, Ratiocinative And Inductive (Vol. 1 of 2) by John Stuart Mill
  5. James never noticed anything- or if he did, his ambiguity was two- edged. – Love and Lucy by Maurice Henry Hewlett
  6. " We are most of us short- sighted where the needs of other people are concerned," she returned with an ambiguity which he did not suspect. – The Stronger Influence by F.E. Mills Young
  7. This is all clear enough, but it is simply giving to the word socialism another new meaning, and creating a fresh source of ambiguity. – Contemporary Socialism by John Rae
  8. We are thus left in the ridiculous situation of providing that nobody may be a citizen of our great Republic except a white Caucasian and a black African, with considerable ambiguity still as to what the word " white" means. – Popular Law-making by Frederic Jesup Stimson
  9. Not to add to her embarrassment, but to clear up the ambiguity, which he perceived the next moment he had better have left alone, he went on: 'He tells me it's now in his collection. – A London Life; The Patagonia; The Liar; Mrs. Temperly by Henry James
  10. They would commonly produce a troublesome ambiguity, as the Lord's house may be the house of Lords, or the house of a Lord. – A Grammar of the English Tongue by Samuel Johnson
  11. The patient, however, could not resign himself without a struggle to this state of anonymous ambiguity. – Somehow Good by William de Morgan
  12. Wherever possible, that is to say, when I could do it without ambiguity I have also out of courtesy used the term Catholic instead of Roman Catholic; and in order to meet what I believe to be the wishes of Lady Burton's executors, I have omitted all mention of certain events that occurred after Sir Richard's death. – The Life of Sir Richard Burton by Thomas Wright
  13. But here, too, is some ambiguity; because only may relate either to one, or to the preceding verb. – The Grammar of English Grammars by Goold Brown
  14. From the very first this ambiguity had existed. – The English Church in the Eighteenth Century by Charles J. Abbey and John H. Overton
  15. There is a distressing ambiguity about the troubadour's last words. – The Love Affairs of Great Musicians, Volume 2 by Rupert Hughes
  16. This ambiguity of the words 'beauty' and 'beautiful' is a great inconvenience, and especially so in a lecture, where it forces us to add some qualification to the words whenever they occur: but it cannot be helped. – Oxford Lectures on Poetry by Andrew Cecil Bradley
  17. And thus, partly by an ambiguity of language, partly by an arbitrary and gratuitous assumption, he excludes the possibility of Creation altogether. – Modern Atheism under its forms of Pantheism, Materialism, Secularism, Development, and Natural Laws by James Buchanan
  18. Is not this very distinction of outside and inside in the matter of perceptions open to no slight ambiguity? – The Faith of the Millions (2nd series) by George Tyrrell
  19. Time is now stripped to its rightful nature- a simple essence of ambiguity! – Autobiography of a YOGI by Paramhansa Yogananda