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  • adj. constituting or related to catachresis

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Belonging to, or in the manner of, a catachresis; constituting, characterized by or given to catachresis; wrested from its natural sense or form; forced; far-fetched.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • In rhet.: Pertaining to, consisting in, or characterized by catachresis; applied in an improper signification. Wrested from the right meaning or form; contrary to proper use; forced; far-fetched.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adj. constituting or characterized by or given to catachresis


From Ancient Greek καταχρηστικός (katakhrēstikos), from κατάχρησις (katakhrēsis, "misuse of words") (Wiktionary)


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