antiphrasis

[ an-tif-ruh-sis ]
/ ænˈtɪf rə sɪs /

noun Rhetoric.

the use of a word in a sense opposite to its proper meaning.

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Origin of antiphrasis

1525–35; < Latin < Greek, derivative of antiphrázein to speak the opposite (anti- anti- + phrázein to speak); see phrase, sis

OTHER WORDS FROM antiphrasis

an·ti·phras·tic [an-ti-fras-tik] /ˌæn tɪˈfræs tɪk/, an·ti·phras·ti·cal, adjectivean·ti·phras·ti·cal·ly, adverb
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British Dictionary definitions for antiphrastical

antiphrasis
/ (ænˈtɪfrəsɪs) /

noun

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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