Origin of catachresisClassical Latin ; from Classical Greek katachrēsis, misuse of a word ; from katachrēsthai ; from kata-, against + chrēsthai, to use ; from chrē, it is necessary ; from uncertain or unknown; perhaps Indo-European an unverified form ĝhrē-, variant, variety of base an unverified form ĝher-, small, be lacking
- The misapplication of a word or phrase, as the use of blatant to mean “flagrant.”
- The use of a strained figure of speech, such as a mixed metaphor.
Origin of catachresisLatin catachrēsis, improper use of a word, from Greek katakhrēsis, excessive use, from katakhrēsthai, to misuse : kata-, completely; see cata– + khrēsthai, to use; see gher-2 in Indo-European roots.
- cat′a·chres′tic , cat′a·chres′ti·cal
From Latin catachrēsis, from Ancient Greek κατάχρησις (katakhrēsis, “misuse (of a word)”), from καταχρῆσθαι (katakhrēsthai, “to misuse”), from κατά (kata, “pervertedly”) + χρῆσθαι (khrēsthai, “to use”).