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catachresis

play
noun cat·a·chre·sis \ˌka-tə-ˈkrē-səs\

Definition of catachresis

plural cat·a·chre·sesplay \-ˌsēz\

  1. 1 :  use of the wrong word for the context

  2. 2 :  use of a forced and especially paradoxical figure of speech (as blind mouths)

cat·a·chres·tic play \-ˈkres-tik\ or cat·a·chres·ti·cal play \-ti-kəl\ adjective
cat·a·chres·ti·cal·ly play \-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

Rhymes with catachresis


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