How to pronounce


Pronunciation and IPA:

  • American Pronunciation: "flok-suh-naw-suh-ni-hi-li-pil-i-fi-kay-shuhn" /ˌflɑk.sɪˌnɔː.sɪˌnɪ.hɪˌlɪ.pɪl.ɪˌfɪ.keɪ.ʃən/
  • British Pronunciation: "flok-si-naw-si-ni-hi-li-pil-i-fi-kay-shun" /ˌflɒk.sɪˌnɔː.sɪˌnɪ.hɪˌlɪ.pɪl.ɪˌfɪ.keɪ.ʃən/

Definition of


Word: Floccinaucinihilipilification
Definition: The act or habit of judging or regarding something as insignificant or worthless.

Example 1: The teacher's constant floccinaucinihilipilification of her students' efforts lowered their self-esteem.
Example 2: His floccinaucinihilipilification of any activity that didn't involve making money caused him to miss out on many enjoyable experiences.
Example 3: The company's floccinaucinihilipilification of customer complaints led to a decrease in sales.

What does it mean


The word floccinaucinihilipilification is a combination of four Latin words: "flocci," "nauci," "nihili," and "pili," all of which mean “at little or no value” in Latin. It was coined in the 18th century by Eton College students as a humorous addition to their curriculum. The word is a testament to the creativity of student slang and humor at the time, showcasing their knack for exaggeratedly long and complicated words. Its usage in English is largely humorous or demonstrative, emphasizing its linguistic uniqueness.

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