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"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

heteropathy, heteropatriarchy, heterophagy, heterophasia, heterophemia, heterophemy, heterophil, heterophil antigen, heterophonia, heterophony, 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