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oscitation

n.

1540s, from Late Latin oscitationem (nominative oscitatio), noun of action from past participle stem of oscitare (see oscitant).

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  • But I shall defer considering this subject at large, till I come to my treatise of oscitation, laughter, and ridicule.

    The Tatler, Volume Two

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