Definition: Catachresis; (Pronounced: cat·a·chre·sis) Greek; adjective
1. Use of a forced and especially paradoxical figure of speech; use of the wrong word for the context
Why I love this word:
Catachresis is the misapplication of a word or phrase to create a deliberately strained figure or a mixed metaphor. Usually you see this a lot in poetry. However, in non poetic writing and speech, catachresis can be problematic, but poets have used it to achieve great compression and rhetorical energy.
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