noun lab·e·fac·tion \ˌlabəˈfakshən\

Definition of labefaction



  1. :  a weakening or impairment especially of moral principles or civil order :  downfall, overthrow

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Origin and Etymology of labefaction

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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