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floccinaucinihilipilification

[flok-suh-naw-suh-nahy-hil-uh-pil-uh-fi-key-shuh n] /ˌflɒk səˌnɔ səˌnaɪ hɪl əˌpɪl ə fɪˈkeɪ ʃən/
noun
1.
Rare. the estimation of something as valueless (encountered mainly as an example of one of the longest words in the English language).
Origin
1735-1745
1735-45; < Latin floccī + naucī + nihilī + pilī all meaning “of little or no value, trifling” + -fication
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  • There's a little bit of floccinaucinihilipilification going on here.
Contemporary definitions for floccinaucinihilipilification
noun

an act or instance of judging something to be worthless or trivial

Word Origin

the parts of the word each mean 'at nothing' or 'with a small price'

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Word Origin and History for floccinaucinihilipilification
n.

"action or habit of estimating as worthless," 1741, a combination of four Latin words (flocci, nauci, nihili, pilifi) all signifying "at a small price" or "for nothing," which were listed together in a rule of the well-known Eton Latin Grammar. The kind of jocular formation that was possible among educated men in Britain in those days. Just so, as in praesenti, the opening words of mnemonic lines on conjugation in Lilley's 16c. Latin grammar, could stand alone as late as 19c. and be understood to mean "rudiments of Latin."

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