Labefy \Lab"e*fy\, v. t. [L. labefacere; labare to totter + facere to make.] To weaken or impair. [R.] [1913 Webster]

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  • labefy —   v.t. weaken.    ♦ labefactation,    ♦ labefaction, n …   Dictionary of difficult words

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  • Labefaction — Lab e*fac tion, n. [See {Labefy}.] The act of labefying or making weak; the state of being weakened; decay; ruin. [1913 Webster] There is in it such a labefaction of all principles as may be injurious to morality. Johnson. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • labefaction — noun /ˌlæb.əˈfæk.ʃən/ The act of shaking or weakening or the resulting state; overthrow, ruination. Mans labefaction did not occur in time past; nor does it wait upon time future. See Also: labefy …   Wiktionary

  • Deterioration — (Roget s Thesaurus) < N PARAG:Deterioration >N GRP: N 1 Sgm: N 1 deterioration deterioration debasement Sgm: N 1 wane wane ebb Sgm: N 1 recession recession &c. 287 Sgm: N 1 retrogradation retrogradation &c. 283 …   English dictionary for students

  • labefaction — (n.) 1610s, process of shaking; downfall, noun of action from L. labefactus, pp. of labefacere to cause to totter, shake; overthrow, from labi to slip, slide (see LAPSE (Cf. lapse)) + facere to make, do (see FACTITIOUS (Cf. factitious)). Related …   Etymology dictionary

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