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heterophemy

n.

"the (unintentional) use of some other word or phrase in place of the one that was meant," 1875, from hetero- + Greek pheme "utterance" (see fame (n.)).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

Examples from the Web for heterophemy

Historical Examples

  • For reply he invented a word of Greek derivation, "heterophemy."

    Recollections of a Varied Life

    George Cary Eggleston

  • I had no choice but to accept Mr. Richard Grant White's interpretation of the matter and call it a case of heterophemy.

    Recollections of a Varied Life

    George Cary Eggleston

  • Then he laughed somewhat, and added, “I always get misogyny and heterophemy mixed.”

    The Dreamers

    John Kendrick Bangs