dys·​lo·​gis·​tic ˌdis-lə-ˈji-stik How to pronounce dyslogistic (audio)
dyslogistically adverb

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Logic would lead one to believe that "dyslogistic" is somehow related to the Greek word logos, from which the words "logic" and "logistics" are derived. In actuality, however, "dyslogistic" is a 19th-century merger of the prefix dys-, meaning "bad," and "eulogy," referring to an expression of praise. English jurist and philosopher Jeremy Bentham (1748-1832) often used "dyslogistic" in his writings as an adjective to convey dispraise or opprobrium. And even today the word is likely to be encountered in judicial and intellectual writings.

Word History


dys- + -logistic (in eulogistic)

First Known Use

1812, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of dyslogistic was in 1812


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“Dyslogistic.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/dyslogistic. Accessed 16 Jun. 2024.

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