Lizet Elaine (simplyn2deep) wrote in 1_million_words,
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Word of the Day 09/22/17 Catachresis

Catachresis (noun)
catachresis [kat-uh-kree-sis]


noun
1. misuse or strained use of words, as in a mixed metaphor, occurring either in error or for rhetorical effect.

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Origin: 1580-90; < Latin < Greek: a misuse (akin to katachrêsthai to misuse), equivalent to kata- cata- + chrêsis use (chrê(sthai) to use, need + -sis -sis)

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