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Pronunciation:  'maluprâ`pizum

WordNet Dictionary
[n]  the unintentional misuse of a word by confusion with one that sounds similar

MALAPROPISM is a 11 letter word that starts with M.


 Synonyms: malaprop
 See Also: misstatement



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
\Mal"a*prop*ism\, n. [From Mrs. Malaprop, a
character in Sheridan's drama, `` The Rivals,'' who makes
amusing blunders in her use of words. See {Malapropos}.]
A grotesque misuse of a word; a word so used.

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