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Catachresis Definition

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[n] strained or paradoxical use of words either in error (as `blatant' to mean `flagrant') or deliberately (as in a mixed metaphor: `blind mouths')

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rhetorical device

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\Cat`a*chre"sis\, n. [L. fr. Gr. ? misuse, fr. ? to misuse; kata` against + ? to use.] (Rhet.) A figure by which one word is wrongly put for another, or by which a word is wrested from its true signification; as, ``To take arms against a sea of troubles''. --Shak. ``Her voice was but the shadow of a sound.'' --Young.

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