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honorificabilitudinitatibus

Definitions

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  • noun the state of being able to achieve honors
  • noun figuratively a sesquipedalian word; verbal prolixity

Etymologies

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Dative and ablative plural of Medieval Latin honorificabilitudinitas, from Latin honor and habilitās

Examples

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  • This, from futilitycloset.com:

    The longest word in Shakespeare appears in Act V, Scene 1 of Love’s Labour’s Lost:

    O, they have lived long on the alms-basket of words.

    I marvel thy master hath not eaten thee for a word;

    for thou art not long by the head as

    honorificabilitudinitatibus: thou art easier

    swallowed than a flap-dragon.

    It’s the ablative plural of the Latin honorificabilitudinitas, “the state of being able to achieve honors.” And it can be rearranged to spell hi ludi, F. Baconis nati, tuiti orbi, which means “These plays, F. Bacon’s offspring, are preserved for the world.”

    So that settles that.

    December 1, 2006

  • the longest word consisting entirely of alternating vowels and consonants.

    November 5, 2007

  • O, they have lived long on the alms-basket of words.

    I marvel thy master hath not eaten thee for a word;

    for thou art not so long by the head as

    honorificabilitudinitatibus: thou art easier

    swallowed than a flap-dragon.

    - Shakespeare, 'Love’s Labour’s Lost'.

    November 8, 2008

  • JM understands that Shakespeare invented the term honorificabilitudinitatibus ... what a terrific word eh!

    February 1, 2009

  • The state of being honored.

    June 13, 2009

  • JM recommends honours be bestowed upon the word 'Honorificabilitudinitatibus', 27 letters long, and it's the longest English word consisting strictly of alterating consonants and vowels.

    October 12, 2009