1. a combining form meaning “bad,” occurring in loanwords from Greek (cacodemon); on this model, used in the formation of compound words (cacogenics).

combining form

  1. bad, unpleasant, or incorrectcacophony

before vowels cac-, word-forming element meaning “bad, ill, poor” (e.g. cacography, the opposite of calligraphy), from Latinized form of Greek kako- a hard-working prefix in ancient Greek, from kakos “bad, evil,” considered by etymologists probably to be connected with PIE *kakka- “to defecate” (see caca).


  1. Bad:cacogeusia.
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