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hypercorrect

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adjective hy·per·cor·rect \ˌhī-pər-kə-ˈrekt\

Definition of hypercorrect

  1. :  of, relating to, or characterized by the production of a nonstandard linguistic form or construction on the basis of a false analogy (as “badly” in “my eyes have gone badly”)

hypercorrection play \-ˈrek-shən\ noun
hypercorrectly play \-ˈrek-(t)lē\ adverb
hypercorrectness play \-ˈrek(t)-nəs\ noun


1922

First Known Use of hypercorrect

1922


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