antiphrasis

noun
an·​tiph·​ra·​sis | \ an-ˈti-frə-səs How to pronounce antiphrasis (audio) \
plural antiphrases\ an-​ˈti-​frə-​ˌsēz How to pronounce antiphrases (audio) \

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")

First Known Use of antiphrasis

1533, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for antiphrasis

Late Latin, from Greek, from anti- + phrasis diction — more at phrase

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“Antiphrasis.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/antiphrasis. Accessed 29 May. 2020.

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