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Apparently made up to resemble a word of Latin origin.


spiflicate (third-person singular simple present spiflicates, present participle spiflicating, simple past and past participle spiflicated)

  1. (transitive, obsolete) To confound, silence or dumbfound.
  2. (transitive, Provincial, obsolete) To beat severely.
  3. (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
  4. (transitive, obsolete) To ruin, destroy.
    • 1932, Dorothy L. Sayers, Have His Carcase:
      It completely busts up and spifflicates the medical evidence

Related terms[edit]


  • The Century Dictionary, The Century Co., New York, 1914
  • Eric Partridge, A Dictionary of Slang and Unconventional English, 8th edition, 1984