antiphrasis

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n antiphrasis the use of a word in a sense opposite to its normal sense (especially in irony)
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Antiphrasis (Rhet) The use of words in a sense opposite to their proper meaning; as when a court of justice is called a court of vengeance.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n antiphrasis In rhetoric, the use of a word in a sense opposite to its proper meaning, or when its opposite should have been used; irony, used either in sarcasm or in humor.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Antiphrasis an-tif′ra-sis (rhet.) the use of words in a sense opposite to the true one
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
L., fr. Gr. , fr. to express by antithesis or negation
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Gr.; anti, against, phrasis, speech.

Usage

In literature:

But the needle of antiphrasis had no effect on his indurated hide.
"The Man Who Couldn't Sleep" by Arthur Stringer
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