PRONUNCIATION: (mal-THOO-zhuhn, -zee-uhn)

MEANING: adjective: Relating to the view that population increases faster than its means of subsistence resulting in disaster, unless population is checked by natural calamities or by people exercising control and having fewer children.

ETYMOLOGY: After economist and clergyman Thomas Robert Malthus (1766-1834), a proponent of this idea. Earliest documented use: 1805.


MALT-HAUS-IAN - of or pertaining to a Bavarian brewery