Ambidexter

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English

Etymology

From Medieval Latin ambidexter, from ambi- + dexter.

Pronunciation

  • (UK) IPA: /ambɪˈdɛkstə/

Noun

Ambidexter (plural Ambidexters)
  1. Someone who is ambidextrous.
  2. (obsolete, slang) A lawyer who takes fees from both plaintiff and defendant, or that goes snacks with both parties in gaming.
  3. (by extension) Someone who is two-faced; a double-dealer.
    • 1621, Robert Burton, The Anatomy of Melancholy, New York Review of Books 2001, p. 65:
      One takes upon him temperence, holiness [...], whenas indeed he, and he, and he, and the rest are hypocrites, ambidexters, outsides, so many turning pictures, a lion on one side, a lamb on the other.

See also

fr:ambidexter io:ambidexter mg:ambidexter my:ambidexter nl:ambidexter vi:ambidexter

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