noun pl. catachreses
Origin: L < Gr katachrēsis, misuse of a word < katachrēsthai < kata-, against + chrēsthai, to use < chrē, it is necessary < ? IE *ĝhrē-, var. of base *ĝher-, small, be lacking
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noun pl. cat·a·chre·ses
- 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: Latin 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.
- catˌa·chresˈtic , catˌa·chresˈti·cal adjective
- catˌa·chresˈti·cal·ly adverb