noun[mass noun] archaic
Deterioration or downfall.
- Several experts have been brought in to plan the labefaction of Napoleon.
- The English language and the English sense of humour are the best things about our country; the latter lies in no danger of labefaction, but the former must be handled with care.
Early 17th century: from Latin labefactio(n-), from labefacere 'weaken', from labi 'to fall' + facere 'make'.
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