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[mass noun] The action or habit of estimating something as worthless.
- ‘Humans are quick to partake in the floccinaucinihilipilification process, it has happened before and it will happen repeatedly until evolution explicates perfect men.’
Floccinaucinihilipilification is one of a number of very long words that occur very rarely in genuine use. For more details see antidisestablishmentarianism
Mid 18th century: from Latin flocci, nauci, nihili, pili (words meaning at little value) + -fication. The Latin elements were listed in a well-known rule of the Eton Latin Grammar.
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