Origin of catachresis
Examples from the Web for catachresis
No expression so terse and yet so striking could dispense with the classicism and the catachresis of "stoically."A History of English Literature|George Saintsbury
In this sense the proverb is current by a misuse, or a catachresis at least of both the words, Fortune and Fools.
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 hyperbole and catachresis are so nearly related to a bull, that I shall dwell upon them with pleasure.Tales And Novels, Volume 4 (of 10)|Maria Edgeworth
In this sense the proverb is current by a misuse, or a catachresis at least, of both the words, fortune and fools.Confessions of an Inquiring Spirit|Samuel Taylor Coleridge
British Dictionary definitions for catachresis
Word Origin for catachresis
Word Origin and History for catachresis
1580s, from Latin catachresis, from Greek katakhresis "misuse" (of a word), from katakhresthai "to misuse," from kata- "down" (here with a sense of "perversion;" see cata-) + khresthai "to use" (see hortatory). Related: Catachrestic; catachrestical; catachrestically.