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catachresis


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  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Catachresis  \Cat`a*chre"sis\,  n.  [L.  fr  Gr  ?  misuse,  fr  ?  to 
  misuse;  kata`  against  +  ?  to  use.]  (Rhet.) 
  A  figure  by  which  one  word  is  wrongly  put  for  another,  or  by 
  which  a  word  is  wrested  from  its  true  signification;  as  ``To 
  take  arms  against  a  sea  of  troubles''.  --Shak.  ``Her  voice 
  was  but  the  shadow  of  a  sound.''  --Young. 
 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
 
  catachresis 
  n  :  strained  or  paradoxical  use  of  words  either  in  error  (as 
  `blatant'  to  mean  `flagrant')  or  deliberately  (as  in  a 
  mixed  metaphor:  `blind  mouths') 




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