plural -s
: a renunciation of faith or allegiance : formal severing of peaceful relations

Word History


Medieval Latin diffidation-, diffidatio, from diffidatus (past participle of diffidare to renounce one's vassalage, renounce friendship, from Latin dif- —from dis-—+ fides faith) + Latin -ion-, -io -ion

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“Diffidation.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/diffidation. Accessed 13 Jul. 2024.

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