- misuse or strained use of words, as in a mixed metaphor, occurring either in error or for rhetorical effect.
Origin of catachresis
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You must listen to the definition of a catachresis:—'A catachresis is the boldest of any trope.
It is a sort of quaint alteration or catachresis of Possunt quia posse videntur.A History of the French Novel, Vol. 1
It is true that might be taken by catachresis to designate a chamberlain as functionary of the Oriental Court.The Apostles
The hyperbole and catachresis are so nearly related to a bull, that I shall dwell upon them with pleasure.
Life is attributed to plants, only by a species of metaphor or catachresis.A Philosophical Dictionary, Volume 7 (of 10)
Franois-Marie Arouet (AKA Voltaire)
- the incorrect use of words, as luxuriant for luxurious
C16: from Latin, from Greek katakhrēsis a misusing, from katakhrēsthai, from khrēsthai to use
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Word Origin and History for catachresis
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