labefaction

noun

lab·​e·​fac·​tion
ˌlabəˈfakshən
plural -s
: a weakening or impairment especially of moral principles or civil order : downfall, overthrow

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Word History

Etymology

Late Latin labefaction-, labefactio, from Latin labefactus (past participle of labefacere to cause to totter, shake, from labare to totter + facere to make) + -ion-, -io -ion

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“Labefaction.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/labefaction. Accessed 17 Aug. 2022.

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