Catachresis

Cat`a*chre"sis

(?), n. [L. fr. Gr. misuse, fr. to misuse; kata` against + to use.] (Rhet.) A figure by which one word is wrongly put for another, or by which a word is wrested from its true signification; as, "To take arms against a sea of troubles". Shak. "Her voice was but the shadow of a sound." Young.
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Cat`a*chres"tic

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Cat`a*chres"tic*al

(?), } a. 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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-- Cat`a*chres"tic*al*ly, adv.
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[A] catachrestical and improper way of speaking.
Jer. Taylor.
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