Definitions

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun Same as labefactation.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun The act of labefying or making weak; the state of being weakened; decay; ruin.

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  • noun rare The act of shaking or weakening or the resulting state; overthrow, ruination.

Etymologies

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From Latin labefaciō (labo to totter + facio to make).

Examples

  • "The Government is confident that the foregoing general ruling will enable junior and inexperienced officers, temporarily employed on famine duty, to classify appropriately and with facility as denticulate or edentulous all individuals afflicted with dental hiatus, mal-conformation and labefaction, without further reference to higher authority."

    Punch, or the London Charivari, Volume 156, February 12, 1919

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