cacology

[ka-kol-uh-jee, kuh-]

noun

defectively produced speech; socially unacceptable diction.

Nearby words

  1. cacoethes,
  2. cacogenics,
  3. cacogeusia,
  4. cacographic,
  5. cacography,
  6. cacomelia,
  7. cacomistle,
  8. caconym,
  9. cacoon,
  10. cacophonic

Origin of cacology

First recorded in 1615–25; caco- + -logy

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British Dictionary definitions for cacology

cacology

noun

a bad choice of words; faulty speech

Word Origin for cacology

C17 (in the sense: ill report): from Greek kakologia

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