- a nonstandard or ungrammatical usage, as unflammable and they was.
- a breach of good manners or etiquette.
- any error, impropriety, or inconsistency.
Origin of solecism
Examples from the Web for solecism
Do not even consider committing the solecism of serving it with parmigiano.5 Recipes for Holiday Cheer
December 1, 2009
It would be a solecism in language to say that any portion of these is not included in the whole.
Le jument est beau was a solecism that could not longer be tolerated.Lavengro
His trust was warranted, until Landor detected the solecism.Milton
Sir Walter Alexander Raleigh
The solecism, if such it be, was repeated in Marino Faliero, act iii.The Works Of Lord Byron, Vol. 3 (of 7)
Well-bred mothers have been known to resent this solecism keenly.Social Life
Maud C. Cooke
- the nonstandard use of a grammatical construction
- any mistake, incongruity, or absurdity
- a violation of good manners
Word Origin and History for solecism
"gross grammatical error;" loosely "any absurdity or incongruity," 1570s, from Middle French solécisme (16c.), from Latin soloecismus "mistake in speaking or writing," from Greek soloikismos "to speak (Greek) incorrectly," from soloikos "ungrammatical utterance," properly "a speaking like the people of Soloi," an Athenian colony in Cilicia (modern Mezitli in Turkey), whose dialect the Athenians considered barbarous. Related: Solecistic.