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labefaction

[lab-uh-fak-shuh n] /ˌlæb əˈfæk ʃən/
noun
1.
a shaking or weakening; overthrow or downfall.
Origin
1610-1620
1610-20; < Late Latin labefactiōn- (stem of labefactiō), equivalent to labefact(us) (past participle of labefacere to loosen) + -iōn- -ion
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labefaction

/ˌlæbɪˈfækʃən/
noun
1.
(rare) deterioration; weakening
Word Origin
C17: from Late Latin labefactiō, from Latin labefacere shake, from lābī to fall + facere to make
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Word Origin and History for labefaction
n.

1610s, "process of shaking; downfall," noun of action from Latin labefactus, past participle of labefacere "to cause to totter, shake; overthrow," from labi "to slip, slide" (see lapse) + facere "to make, do" (see factitious). Related: Labefy.

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