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April 7, 2022

Finifugal /fan· ee ·fyoo ·gal/ adj.  

Definition: The word finifugal is an adjective that describes a person who prolongs or tries to put off emotional endings. 

Examples of finifugal endings include break-ups in marriages and long-term relationships, career changes after years of working for a loyal employer or moving to a new state after spending your entire life living there. Finifugal endings are painful and filled with sorrow. People who are finifugal procrastinate in most areas of their life.

Etymology: We first see the word finifugal in the 18th-century Tollemache Journals of Education. After it was published in the journal, the word was used in 1883 to describe people afraid of finishing things. 

Finifugal is a Latin word formed from combining the words fini-s (meaning end), fug-a (flight) and -al. We still use the word with its original meaning.

In a Sentence

He approached his final exam in a finifugal state because he was afraid to leave school.

She was finifugal about ending her career and venturing out on her own as a freelancer.

If you always put off the end of relationships, or if you procrastinate a lot, you’re finifugal.


Cheat, Manipulate


Finisher, Go-Getter


  1. Rose Marie Guarin

    Delighted to add a new word to my vocabulary!

  2. Rose Marie Guarin

    Thanking my Father in Heaven for a long, healthy and very blessed life.

  3. Lindsay`

    Why is the first syllable pronounced fan instead of fin?

  4. Colleen

    Gee, sounds like my former boss who told me over the phone they were closing the doors in 4 days after I had got their books straight and entered in the computer due to the covid shut down. He reopened and I never saw him again. finifugal. BAM!

  5. Scott o Luther

    Have you ever thought of; changing the current search engines we have today from a 2 pier ( good and evil) or binary code to a 5 pier quantum code through the use of word association. for example
    the scientific name
    the Latin name
    the government name
    the common name
    and the spelling code that already exists


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