Definition of floccinaucinihilipilification in English:

floccinaucinihilipilification

noun

rare
  • The action or habit of estimating something as worthless. (The word is used chiefly as a curiosity.)

    ‘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.’

Pronunciation

floccinaucinihilipilification

/ˌfläksēˌnäsēˌnihəlēˌpiləfəˈkāSH(ə)n/ /ˌflɑksiˌnɑsiˌnɪhəliˌpɪləfəˈkeɪʃ(ə)n/

Origin

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.