Definition - The destroying or perverting of a word's meaning.

1. A person who performs verbicide is also called a verbicide.
2. This type of term is usually associated with a prescriptivist sensibility.

Example -
I imply from what you are saying that you don't like me.

Etymology -
The term derives from the Latin verbum, word + cida, cutter or slayer.

Oxford English Dictionary -
Its first citation in this sense is from 1858:
"Homicide and verbicide — that is, violent treatment of a word with fatal results to its legitimate meaning … — are alike forbidden."
(O. W. Holmes Aut. Breakf.-t. i. (1859) 10)

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