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antiphrasis


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  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Antiphrasis  \An*tiph"ra*sis\,  n.  [L.,  fr  Gr  ?,  fr  ?  to 
  express  by  antithesis  or  negation.]  (Rhet.) 
  The  use  of  words  in  a  sense  opposite  to  their  proper  meaning; 
  as  when  a  court  of  justice  is  called  a  court  of  vengeance. 
 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
 
  antiphrasis 
  n  :  the  use  of  a  word  in  a  sense  opposite  to  its  normal  sense 
  (especially  in  irony) 




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