lucubration

[ loo-kyoo-brey-shuh n ]
/ ˌlu kyʊˈbreɪ ʃən /

noun

laborious work, study, thought, etc., especially at night.
the result of such activity, as a learned speech or dissertation.
Often lucubrations. any literary effort, especially of a pretentious or solemn nature.

Nearby words

  1. lucrece,
  2. lucretia,
  3. lucretius,
  4. lucrezia borgia,
  5. lucubrate,
  6. luculent,
  7. lucullan,
  8. lucullean,
  9. lucullus,
  10. lucy

Origin of lucubration

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

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British Dictionary definitions for lucubration

lucubration

/ (ˌluːkjʊˈbreɪʃən) /

noun

laborious study, esp at night
(often plural) a solemn literary work
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Word Origin and History for lucubration

lucubration

n.

1590s, "literary work showing signs of too-careful elaboration," from Latin lucubrationem (nominative lucubratio) "nocturnal study, night work," noun of action from past participle stem of lucubrare, literally "to work by artificial light," from stem of lucere "to shine" (see light (n.)).

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