labefaction

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Etymology[edit]

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

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  • (US) IPA(key): /ˌlæb.əˈfæk.ʃən/

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labefaction (uncountable)

  1. (rare) The act of shaking or weakening or the resulting state; overthrow, ruination.
    • 1963, C. N. Stavrou , "Religion in Byron's Don Juan," Studies in English Literature, 1500-1900, vol. 3, no. 4, p. 590,
      Man's labefaction did not occur in time past; nor does it wait upon time future.
    • 1968, "The Casualty Loss Deduction and Consumer Expectation: Section 165(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code," The University of Chicago Law Review, vol. 36, no. 1, p. 224 (citing 54 F.2d 537 (2d Cir. 1931)),
      The court found "simply a steady labefaction from wind and weather more rapid than usual because of structural defects."

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