- the use of a word in a sense opposite to its proper meaning.
Origin of antiphrasis
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- rhetoric the use of a word in a sense opposite to its normal one, esp for ironic effect
C16: via Late Latin from Greek, from anti- + phrasis, from phrazein to speak
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Word Origin and History for antiphrastic
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