verbigeration

noun

ver·​big·​er·​a·​tion (ˌ)vər-ˌbi-jə-ˈrā-shən How to pronounce verbigeration (audio)
: continual repetition of stereotyped phrases (as in some forms of mental illness)

Word History

Etymology

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

First Known Use

1886, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of verbigeration was in 1886

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Cite this Entry

“Verbigeration.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/verbigeration. Accessed 26 Feb. 2024.

Medical Definition

verbigeration

noun
ver·​big·​er·​a·​tion (ˌ)vər-ˌbij-ə-ˈrā-shən How to pronounce verbigeration (audio)
: continual repetition of stereotyped phrases (as in some forms of mental illness)
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