solecism

[ sol-uh-siz-uh m, soh-luh- ]
/ ˈsɒl əˌsɪz əm, ˈsoʊ lə- /

noun

a nonstandard or ungrammatical usage, as unflammable and they was.
a breach of good manners or etiquette.
any error, impropriety, or inconsistency.

Nearby words

  1. sole,
  2. sole custody,
  3. sole trader,
  4. sole-charge school,
  5. sole-source,
  6. solely,
  7. solemn,
  8. solemn high mass,
  9. solemn league and covenant,
  10. solemn mass

Origin of solecism

1570–80; < Latin soloecismus < Greek soloikismós, equivalent to sóloik(os) (Sólo(i) a city in Cilicia where a corrupt form of Attic Greek was spoken + -ikos -ic) + -ismos -ism

Related formssol·e·cist, nounsol·e·cis·tic, sol·e·cis·ti·cal, adjectivesol·e·cis·ti·cal·ly, adverb

Can be confusedsolecism solipsism

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British Dictionary definitions for solecism

solecism

/ (ˈsɒlɪˌsɪzəm) /

noun

  1. the nonstandard use of a grammatical construction
  2. any mistake, incongruity, or absurdity
a violation of good manners
Derived Formssolecist, nounsolecistic or solecistical, adjectivesolecistically, adverb

Word Origin for solecism

C16: from Latin soloecismus, from Greek soloikismos, from soloikos speaking incorrectly, from Soloi an Athenian colony of Cilicia where the inhabitants spoke a corrupt form of Greek

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Word Origin and History for solecism

solecism

n.

"gross grammatical error;" loosely "any absurdity or incongruity," 1570s, from Middle French solécisme (16c.), from Latin soloecismus "mistake in speaking or writing," from Greek soloikismos "to speak (Greek) incorrectly," from soloikos "ungrammatical utterance," properly "a speaking like the people of Soloi," an Athenian colony in Cilicia (modern Mezitli in Turkey), whose dialect the Athenians considered barbarous. Related: Solecistic.

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