The action or habit of estimating something as worthless. (The word is used chiefly as a curiosity.)
- ‘Humans are quick to partake in the floccinaucinihilipilification process, it has happened before and it will happen repeatedly until evolution explicates perfect men.’
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 Latin Grammar used at Eton College, an English public school.