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

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dyslogistically \ ˌdis-​lə-​ˈji-​sti-​k(ə-​)lē How to pronounce dyslogistically (audio) \ 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.

First Known Use of dyslogistic

1812, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for dyslogistic

dys- + -logistic (in eulogistic)

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“Dyslogistic.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/dyslogistic. Accessed 26 Nov. 2020.

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