from The Century Dictionary.
- 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 the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.
- adjective 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.
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- adjective constituting or related to
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- adjective constituting or characterized by or given to catachresis
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The first mode is synecdochical, the second common, the third metonymical; I add that the third might properly be called catachrestic if we attend to the just distinction of these members.
Its plural is catachreses, its adjectival forms catachrestic and catachrestical.
In short, the "metaphorical substitution" is in fact a self-undoing trope that self-deconstructs into the catachrestic imposition of a name.
But I readily endure a catachrestic metalepsis, when it is evident concerning a thing, although it is my wish that our enunciations were always the best accommodated to the natures of the things themselves.
For I had examined various passages in your writings, and in them I found that the word was used by you in the last sense, which you here call catachrestic.
The whole party, however, and a more amiable never existed, were scared and disgusted into this by the catachrestic language and skeleton half-truths of the systematic divines of the Synod of Dort on the one hand, and by the sickly broodings of the Pietists and Solomon's-Song preachers on the other.
_OED_ notices this catachrestic form of "beatified"