catachresis definition by Webster's New World
Origin: Classical Latin ; from Classical Greek katachrēsis, misuse of a word ; from katachrēsthai ; from kata-, against plush 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
catachresis definition by American Heritage Dictionary
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