Definition of cacology in English:


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Pronunciation: /kəˈkɒlədʒi


[mass noun] archaic
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    • 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.


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

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