Basic Guidelines For English Spellings
Deterioration or downfall.‘Several experts have been brought in to plan the labefaction of Napoleon.’
undoing, ruin, ruination, loss of power, loss of prosperity, loss of status
- ‘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.’
Early 17th century from Latin labefactio(n-), from labefacere ‘weaken’, from labi ‘to fall’ + facere ‘make’.
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