[ an-tif-ruh-sis ]
/ ænˈtɪf rə sɪs /
the use of a word in a sense opposite to its proper meaning.
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Origin of antiphrasis
OTHER WORDS FROM antiphrasisan·ti·phras·tic [an-ti-fras-tik] /ˌæn tɪˈfræs tɪk/, an·ti·phras·ti·cal, adjectivean·ti·phras·ti·cal·ly, adverb
Words nearby antiphrasis
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Example sentences from the Web for antiphrasis
The friend who presented me with him had given him, perhaps by antiphrasis, the startling name of Pelléas.Our Friend the Dog|Maurice Maeterlinck
British Dictionary definitions for antiphrasis
/ (ænˈtɪfrəsɪs) /
rhetoric the use of a word in a sense opposite to its normal one, esp for ironic effect
Word Origin for antiphrasis
C16: via Late Latin from Greek, from anti- + phrasis, from phrazein to speak
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