The definition of a malapropism is using the wrong word for something, especially one that sounds similar.(noun)
An example of malapropism was Archie Bunker from the American television sitcom All in the Family saying "Patience is a virgin," when he meant to say "Patience is a virtue."
See malapropism in Webster's New World College Dictionary
Origin: < Mrs. Malaprop + -ism
See malapropism in American Heritage Dictionary 4
Origin: From malaprop.
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