"the (unintentional) use of some other word or phrase in place of the one that was meant," 1875, from hetero- + Greek pheme "utterance" (see fame (n.)).

Nearby words

  1. heteropathy,
  2. heteropatriarchy,
  3. heterophagy,
  4. heterophasia,
  5. heterophemia,
  6. heterophil,
  7. heterophil antigen,
  8. heterophonia,
  9. heterophony,
  10. heterophoria

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

Examples from the Web for heterophemy

  • For reply he invented a word of Greek derivation, "heterophemy."

    Recollections of a Varied Life|George Cary Eggleston
  • Then he laughed somewhat, and added, “I always get misogyny and heterophemy mixed.”

    The Dreamers|John Kendrick Bangs