antiphrasis

noun an·tiph·ra·sis \ an-ˈti-frə-səs \

Definition of antiphrasis

plural antiphrases play \-ˌsēz\
: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


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