• (RP) enPR: kătəkrēʹsĭs, IPA: /kætəˈkɹiːsɪs/,

catachresis (plural catachreses)

  1. A misuse of a word; an application of a term to something which it does not properly denote.
    1. (often, especially) Such a misuse involving some similarity of sound between the misused word and the appropriate word.
  2. (rhetoric) A misapplication or overextension of figurative or analogical description; a wrongly-applied metaphor or trope.
    • [1835, L[arret] Langley, A Manual of the Figures of Rhetoric, […], Doncaster: Printed by C. White, Baxter-Gate, OCLC 1062248511 ↗, page 14 ↗:
      A Catachresis terms abused receives,
      And epithets and attributes improper gives.]
  • (misuse of a word, regardless of similar sounds) misnomer
  • (misuse of a word, with similar sounds) malapropism
  • ((rhetoric) bad metaphor or trope) abusio
Related terms Translations
  • Portuguese: catacrese
  • Russian: катахре́за
  • Spanish: impropiedad léxica

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