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Apparently made up to resemble a word of Latin origin.
- (transitive, obsolete) To confound, silence or dumbfound.
- (transitive, Provincial, obsolete) To beat severely.
- (transitive, slang, obsolete) To stifle, suffocate, kill.
- 1837, Richard Barham, The Ingoldsby Legends:
- So out with your whinger at once, and scrag Jane while I spiflicate Johnny
- (transitive, obsolete) To ruin, destroy.
- 1932, Dorothy L. Sayers, Have His Carcase:
- It completely busts up and spifflicates the medical evidence
- The Century Dictionary, The Century Co., New York, 1914
- Eric Partridge, A Dictionary of Slang and Unconventional English, 8th edition, 1984