cafard

noun ca·fard \kȧfȧr\

Definition of cafard

plural

-s

  1. :  severe depression or apathy —used especially of white people in the tropics

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Origin and Etymology of cafard

French, literally, cockroach, from Middle French, cockroach, hypocrite, modification of Arabic kāfir infidel — more at kaffir


First Known Use: 1915


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