[ lab-uh-fak-shuh n ]
/ ˌlæb əˈfæk ʃən /


a shaking or weakening; overthrow or downfall.

Origin of labefaction

1610–20; < Late Latin labefactiōn- (stem of labefactiō), equivalent to labefact(us) (past participle of labefacere to loosen) + -iōn- -ion Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

British Dictionary definitions for labefaction


labefactation (ˌlæbɪfækˈteɪʃən)

/ (ˌlæbɪˈfækʃən) /


rare deterioration; weakening

Word Origin for labefaction

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



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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