- IPA: /ˌflɒksɪˌnɒsɪˌnɪhɪlɪˌpɪlɪfɪˈkeɪʃən/, /ˌflɒksɪˌnɔːsɪˌnaɪɪlɪˌpɪlɪfɪˈkeɪʃən/
- SAMPA: /%flQksI%nQsI&nIhIlI%pIlIfI"keIS@n/, /%flQksI%nO:sI%naIIlI%pIlIfI"keIS@n/
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The word is said to have been jokingly created by a student at Eton College in Eton, England. It uses three Latin words together that each mean "worthless" or "nothing": flocci, from floccus meaning "a small piece of wool" + nauci, from naucum meaning "a trifle" + nihili, from nihilum meaning "nothing" + pili, from pilus meaning "a hair" or "something not important" + -fication.
- (uncountable)The act of thinking that something is worthless.