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verbicide

[ vur-buh-sahyd ]
/ ˈvɜr bəˌsaɪd /
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noun
the willful distortion or depreciation of the original meaning of a word.
a person who willfully distorts the meaning of a word.
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Origin of verbicide

First recorded in 1855–60; from Latin verb(um) “word” + -i- + -cide
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