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WordNet 3.0Copyright Princeton University


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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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  • Definitional inconsistencies notwithstanding, catachresis is a fascinating feature of language.
  • Poetic licence aside, catachresis is often just a mistake, as we have seen, e.g. flaunt for flout, ecliptic for eclectic.
  • As telling as the term catachresis would be the word setzen.
  • You must listen to the definition of a catachresis: -- 'A catachresis is the boldest of any trope. for more
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  • This word was used in the 2006 Scripps National Spelling Bee finals.
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