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antiphrasis

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noun an·tiph·ra·sis \an-ˈti-frə-səs\

Definition of antiphrasis

plural

antiphrases

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  1. :  the usually ironic or humorous use of words in senses opposite to the generally accepted meanings (as in “this giant of 3 feet 4 inches”)



Origin and Etymology of antiphrasis

Late Latin, from Greek, from anti- + phrasis diction — more at phrase


First Known Use: 1533


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