Meaning of floccinaucinihilipilification in English:


Pronunciation /ˌflɒksɪnɔːsɪˌnɪhɪlɪˌpɪlɪfɪˈkeɪʃn/


mass noun rare
  • The action or habit of estimating something as worthless.

    ‘my new book is more than just a 400-page exercise in floccinaucinihilipilification.’
    • ‘Floccinaucinihilipilification is what Trilby does to everyone he meets.’
    • ‘Such an egregious comment is a lot of floccinaucinihilipilification.’
    • ‘Humans are quick to partake in the floccinaucinihilipilification process, it has happened before and it will happen repeatedly until evolution explicates perfect men.’
    • ‘Aside from being a semi-useful piece of party trivia, floccinaucinihilipilification is actually a great description of one of the most frustrating aspects of modern SEO.’
    • ‘Organizations and leaders need to understand the floccinaucinihilipilification principle to bring to conscious awareness actions or habits in the systemic structures that have been overlooked and devalued.’
    • ‘Virtual teams can apply these five strategies of the floccinaucinihilipilification principle to increase focused engagement.’
    • ‘It is difficult to say now whether it has been a year of floccinaucinihilipilification.’
    • ‘Estimates of economic growth in India have unfortunately been subject to a fair degree of floccinaucinihilipilification.’
    • ‘Of course you may see all of this as an example of floccinaucinihilipilification, and perhaps rightly so.’
    • ‘My new book is more than just a 400-page exercise in floccinaucinihilipilification.’


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.