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Here are the 20 longest words in french and their meaning. This is a fun list that will make you understand the enormous possibilities of the language of Baudelaire and Victor Hugo.

Chances are you will never end up using any of these words, but hopefully they will serve to motivate you to learn this language that is spoken on five continents.

Learning phrases is an excellent opportunity for professionals in any area who want market segments generally neglected, as it is a language with little presence in Google compared to English or Spanish.

There are 29 countries where French is spoken as an official or co-official language, and in all of them there are opportunities that may surprise you.

For now, let’s take a look at the 20 longest words in french and their meaning:

  1. Hipopotomonstrosesquipédaliophobie. Fear of long words.
  2. Hexakosioihexekontahexaphobie. Fear of the number 666.
  3. Diisobutylphénoxyéthoxyéthyldiméthylbenzylammonium. An ammonia with bactericide.
  4. Apopathodiaphulatophobie. Fear of being constipated.
  5. Orthochlorobenzalmalonitrile. A type of suffocating gas.
  6. Contraventionnalisation. It means that an offense (a crime) is reclassified as a non-criminal offense.
  7. Intergouvernementalisation. Implementation of a common policy or action by several governments.
  8. Dichlorodiphenyltrichloroethane. DDT (insecticide used in agriculture in the 1970s).
  9. Cyclopentanoperhydrophénanthrène: four-ring nucleus that is part of the composition of biochemical elements such as cholesterol.
  1. Anticonstitutionnellement: With 25 letters, it means “unconstitutionally”, that is, against the constitution.
  2. L’électro-encéphalographie. A vascular scanning method that measures the electrical activity of the brain; the adverb derived is electroencephalographic.
  3. Glycosylphosphatidylethanolamine. It is a glycerophospholipid of cell membranes.
  4. L’uvulo-palato-pharyngoplastie. It is an operation against snoring.
  5. Hippopotomonstrosesquipédaliophobique. It is the person who is afraid of long words.
  6. L’intradermotuberculination. It is a tool for the detection of bovine tuberculosis in live animals.
  7. La cholangiopancréatographie. Examination of bile ducts.
  8. Diisobutylphénoxyéthoxyéthyldiméthylbenzylammonium. Ammonium with bactericidal properties.
  9. Contraventionnalisation. It means, in the tripartite distribution of offenses, that an infraction (misdemeanor or felony) is reclassified as a contravention.
  10. Hyperprésidentialisation. Designates the omnipresence of the president of the republic, intervening personally and constantly occupying space in the media. It came into use during Nicolas Sarkozy’s presidency.
  11. Intergouvernementalisation. It is the implementation, by several governments, of the same common policy or action.

We hope these words speak to you about the breadth of the French language and the impact that culture can have on its ongoing construction as a language.

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