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  • noun rhetoric Catachresis.

Etymologies

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From Latin

Examples

  • Magna abusio est os habere in choro et cor in foro.

    The singing of Psalms and the Divine Office

  • Mélanges Théologiques (Liège, 1852-3, p. 453) quotes Lessius: "Si absque justa causa fiat, est abusio orationis contra virtutem veritatis, et civilem consuetudinem, etsi proprie non sit mendacium."

    Apologia Pro Vita Sua

  • "Si absque justa causa fiat, est abusio orationis contra virtutem veritatis, et civilem consuetudinem, etsi proprie non sit mendacium."

    Apologia pro Vita Sua

  • Power Writing is basically an encyclopedic dictionary of rhetorical tools, from abusio to zeugma: it contains clear definitions of all devices and gives many citations of examples of each.

    VERBATIM: The Language Quarterly Vol V No 4

  • Rhetorical catachresis – ‘abuse or perversion of a trope or metaphor’ – is perhaps more precisely called abusio (hat tip to Language Log), but if we allow the looser definition it is typified by Shakespeare’s ‘To take arms against a sea of troubles’.

    Catachresis and the amusing, awful and artificial cathedral

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