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[mass noun] Deterioration or downfall.
undoing, ruin, ruination, loss of power, loss of prosperity, loss of statusView synonyms
- ‘Several experts have been brought in to plan the labefaction of Napoleon.’
- ‘The English language and the English sense of humour are the best things about our country; the latter lies in no danger of labefaction, but the former must be handled with care.’
Early 17th century: from Latin labefactio(n-), from labefacere weaken, from labi to fall + facere make.
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