Definition of cacology in English:


Pronunciation /kəˈkäləjē/ /kəˈkɑlədʒi/

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  • Bad choice of words or poor pronunciation.

    ‘He thought the mediums were too strong - too gross for the spirits - in the majority of instances, and imposed on the latter their own gross cacology.’
    • ‘The cacology, in fact, here belongs not to the low world of the Flemings but to the 'high' world of the English romances.’
    • ‘Even Shakespeare might have been glad of such an opportunity to enlarge the cacology, by actual hearing, of some of his most amusing characters.’
    mistake, grammatical mistake, error, blunder


Late 18th century via late Latin from Greek kakologia ‘abusive language’, from kakos ‘bad’.