catachresis


cat·a·chre·sis

noun \ˌka-tə-ˈkrē-səs\
plural cat·a·chre·ses\-ˌsēz\

Definition of CATACHRESIS

1
:  use of the wrong word for the context
2
:  use of a forced and especially paradoxical figure of speech (as blind mouths)
cat·a·chres·tic \-ˈkres-tik\ or cat·a·chres·ti·cal \-ti-kəl\ adjective
cat·a·chres·ti·cal·ly \-ti-k(ə-)lē\ adverb

Origin of CATACHRESIS

Latin, from Greek katachrēsis misuse, from katachrēsthai to use up, misuse, from kata- + chrēsthai to use
First Known Use: 1550

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