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  • n. The use of one word or phrase when another is meant

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. The unconscious saying, in speech or in writing, of that which one does not intend to say; -- frequently the very reverse of the thought which is present to consciousness.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The saying of one thing when another is meant; specifically, a disordered or morbid mental condition which leads to the saying or writing of one thing when another is meant; physical incapacity to express one's ideas in language conveying a correct impression. When heterophemy becomes a pronounced disease it is known as aphasia. Also heterophemism.

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