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Jul 28, 2009
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Words made with combining forms

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menticide
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menticide

PRONUNCIATION:
(MEN-tuh-syd))

MEANING:
noun: The systematic undermining of a person's beliefs, attitudes, and values.

ETYMOLOGY:
From Latin ment- (mind) + -cide (killing).

USAGE:
"Our compliance with the dictates of Donor Agencies and environmentalists not to use DDT amounts to suicide or at least menticide of our people."
Dr. Matthias Offoboche; Tackling Malaria the DDT Way; This Day (Lagos, Nigeria); Nov 29, 2005.

A THOUGHT FOR TODAY:
The doubts of an honest man contain more moral truth than the profession of faith of people under a worldly yoke. -Ximenes Doudan, journalist (1800-1872)

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