adjective dys·lo·gis·tic \ˌdis-lə-ˈjis-tik\

Definition of dyslogistic


play \-ti-k(ə-)lē\ 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.

Origin and Etymology of dyslogistic

dys- + -logistic (as in eulogistic)

First Known Use: 1812

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capable of being understood in two ways

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