antiphrasis


an·tiph·ra·sis

noun \an-ˈti-frə-səs\
plural an·tiph·ra·ses\-ˌsēz\

Definition of ANTIPHRASIS

:  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 of ANTIPHRASIS

Late Latin, from Greek, from anti- + phrasis diction — more at phrase
First Known Use: 1533

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