- misuse or strained use of words, as in a mixed metaphor, occurring either in error or for rhetorical effect.
Origin of catachresis
Related Words for catachresisharm, maltreatment, mistreatment, prostitution, exploitation, waste, corruption, inhumanity, atrocity, brutality, cruelty, barbarity, desecration, misapplication, perversion, solecism, profanation, dissipation, barbarism, injury
Examples from the Web for catachresis
Historical Examples of catachresis
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