cacoepy

[ kuh-koh-uh-pee ]
/ kəˈkoʊ ə pi /

noun, plural ca·co·e·pies.

incorrect pronunciation or an instance of this; mispronunciation (opposed to orthoepy).

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Origin of cacoepy

First recorded in 1840–45; from Greek kakoépeia “faulty language,” equivalent to kakós “bad” + epe- (stem of épos “song, word”) + -ia noun suffix; see origin at caco-, -y3

OTHER WORDS FROM cacoepy

ca·co·e·pist, nounca·co·e·pis·tic, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for cacoepy

cacoepy
/ (kəˈkəʊɪpɪ) /

noun

bad or mistaken pronunciation

Derived forms of cacoepy

cacoepistic (kəˌkəʊɪˈpɪstɪk), adjective

Word Origin for cacoepy

C19: from Greek kakoepeia
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