verbicide

noun
ver·​bi·​cide | \ ˈvər-bə-ˌsīd How to pronounce verbicide (audio) \

Definition of verbicide

1 : deliberate distortion of the sense of a word (as in punning)
2 : one who distorts the sense of a word

First Known Use of verbicide

1858, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for verbicide

Latin verbum "word, verb entry 1" + -i- + -cide

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“Verbicide.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/verbicide. Accessed 13 May. 2021.

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