Share this entry

Share this page

cacology

Line breaks: cac|ology
Pronunciation: /kəˈkɒlədʒi
 
/

Definition of cacology in English:

noun

[mass noun] archaic
Bad choice of words or poor pronunciation.
Example sentences
  • He thought the mediums were too strong - too gross for the spirits - in the majority of instances, and imposed on the latter their own gross cacology.
  • The cacology, in fact, here belongs not to the low world of the Flemings but to the 'high' world of the English romances.
  • Even Shakespeare might have been glad of such an opportunity to enlarge the cacology, by actual hearing, of some of his most amusing characters.

Origin

late 18th century: via late Latin from Greek kakologia 'abusive language', from kakos 'bad'.

Definition of cacology in:

Share this entry

Share this page

 

What do you find interesting about this word or phrase?

Comments that don't adhere to our Community Guidelines may be moderated or removed.

Get more from Oxford Dictionaries

Subscribe to remove adverts and access premium resources

Word of the day emulous
Pronunciation: ˈɛmjʊləs
adjective
seeking to emulate someone or something