lucubration

lucubration

[loo-kyoo-brey-shuhn]
noun
1.
laborious work, study, thought, etc., especially at night.
2.
the result of such activity, as a learned speech or dissertation.
3.
Often, lucubrations. any literary effort, especially of a pretentious or solemn nature.

Origin:
1585–95; < Latin lūcubrātiōn- (stem of lūcubrātiō) night-work. See lucubrate, -ion

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lucubration (ˌluːkjʊˈbreɪʃən)
 
n
1.  laborious study, esp at night
2.  (often plural) a solemn literary work

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lucubration
1590s, "literary work showing signs of too-careful elaboration," from L. lucubrationem (nom. lucubratio) "nocturnal study, night work," from lucubratus, pp. of lucubrare, lit. "to work by artificial light," from stem of lucere "to shine" (see light (n.)).
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