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Meaning of MALAPROPISM

Pronunciation:  'maluprâ`pizum

 
WordNet Dictionary
 
 Definition: 
[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
 
 Definition: 
\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.

 
Thesaurus Terms
 
 Related Terms: abuse of terms, acrostic, alliteration, allusion, amphibologism, amphiboly, anacoluthon, anadiplosis, anagram, analogy, anaphora, anastrophe, antiphrasis, antithesis, antonomasia, apophasis, aporia, aposiopesis, apostrophe, barbarism, bull, calembour, catachresis, chiasmus, circumlocution, climax, conversion, corruption, ecphonesis, emphasis, equivocality, equivoque, exclamation, fluff, folk etymology, gemination, grammatical error, hypallage, hyperbaton, hyperbole, hypercorrection, hyperform, infelicity, inversion, Irish bull, irony, jeu de mots, litotes, logogram, logogriph, malaprop, marrowsky, meiosis, metagram, metaphor, metonymy, misconstruction, mispronunciation, missaying, misusage, onomatopoeia, oxymoron, palindrome, paregmenon, parenthesis, paronomasia, periphrasis, personification, play on words, pleonasm, preterition, prolepsis, pun, punning, regression, repetition, sarcasm, simile, similitude, solecism, spoonerism, syllepsis, symploce, synecdoche, ungrammaticism, wordplay, zeugma
 

 

 

 

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