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[lap-suh s; Latin lahp-soo s]
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  1. a slip or lapse.

Origin of lapsus

1660–70; < Latin lāpsus; see lapse

lapsus calami

[lahp-soo s kah-lah-mee; English lap-suh s kal-uh-mahy, -mee]
noun Latin.
  1. a slip of the pen.

lapsus linguae

[lahp-soo s ling-gwahy; English lap-suh s ling-gwee]
noun Latin.
  1. a slip of the tongue.
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Examples from the Web for lapsus

Historical Examples

  • When the "accident" occurred, he exclaimed: "That's a lapsus lingu."

    Humorous Hits and How to Hold an Audience

    Grenville Kleiser

  • I grant that you are right, my cunning Wolf, it was a lapsus.

  • It was a 'lapsus natur;' I only follow out the hint, and complete the intention.

    Real Folks</p>

    Mrs. A. D. T. Whitney

  • Even a lapsus linguae, "you uns," was unmistakable amidst the high-flown periods.

  • The artist is a sort of impassioned proof-reader, blue-pencilling the lapsus calami of God.


    Henry Louis Mencken

British Dictionary definitions for lapsus


noun plural -sus
  1. formal a lapse or error

Word Origin

from Latin: lapse

lapsus linguae

  1. a slip of the tongue

Word Origin

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