Origin of catachresisClassical Latin from Classical Greek katachr?sis, misuse of a word from katachr?sthai from kata-, against + chr?sthai, to use from chr?, it is necessary from uncertain or unknown; perhaps Indo-European an unverified form ?hr?-, variant, variety of base an unverified form ?her-, 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”).