verbigeration

noun
ver·​big·​er·​a·​tion | \ (ˌ)vər-ˌbi-jə-ˈrā-shən How to pronounce verbigeration (audio) \

Definition of verbigeration

: continual repetition of stereotyped phrases (as in some forms of mental illness)

First Known Use of verbigeration

1886, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for verbigeration

borrowed from German Verbigeration, from Latin verbigerāre "to exchange words, converse" (from verbum "word, verb entry 1" + -i- -i- + -gerāre, frequentative derivative of gerere "to carry, carry on, perform") + German -ation -ation — more at jest

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“Verbigeration.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/verbigeration. Accessed 25 Jan. 2021.

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verbigeration

noun
ver·​big·​er·​a·​tion | \ (ˌ)vər-ˌbij-ə-ˈrā-shən How to pronounce verbigeration (audio) \

Medical Definition of verbigeration

: continual repetition of stereotyped phrases (as in some forms of mental illness)

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