One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
Deterioration or downfall.
undoing, ruin, ruination, loss of power, loss of prosperity, loss of statusView synonyms
- ‘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.’
- ‘Several experts have been brought in to plan the labefaction of Napoleon.’
Early 17th century: from Latin labefactio(n-), from labefacere ‘weaken’, from labi ‘to fall’ + facere ‘make’.
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