solecism

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n solecism a socially awkward or tactless act
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Solecism An impropriety or incongruity of language in the combination of words or parts of a sentence; esp., deviation from the idiom of a language or from the rules of syntax. "A barbarism may be in one word; a solecism must be of more."
    • Solecism Any inconsistency, unfitness, absurdity, or impropriety, as in deeds or manners. "Cæsar, by dismissing his guards and retaining his power, committed a dangerous solecism in politics.""The idea of having committed the slightest solecism in politeness was agony to him."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n solecism A gross deviation from the settled usages of grammar; a gross grammatical error, such as “I done it” for “I did it.”
    • n solecism Loosely, any small blunder in speech.
    • n solecism Any unfitness, absurdity, or impropriety, as in behavior; a violation of the conventional rules of society.
    • n solecism An incongruity; an inconsistency; that which is incongruous with the nature of things or with its surroundings; an unnatural phenomenon or product; a prodigy; a monster.
    • n solecism Synonyms Barbarism, etc. See impropriety.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Solecism sol′ē-sizm a breach of syntax: any absurdity or impropriety: any incongruity, prodigy
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
F. solécisme, L. soloecismus, Gr. soloikismo`s, fr. soloiki`zein to speak or write incorrectly, fr. so`loikos speaking incorrectly, from the corruption of the Attic dialect among the Athenian colonists of So`loi in Cilicia
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Fr. solécisme—L. solœcismus—Gr. soloikismossoloikos, speaking incorrectly, awkward; dubiously said to come from the corruption of the Attic dialect among the Athenian colonists of Soloi in Cilicia.

Usage

In literature:

His trust was warranted, until Landor detected the solecism.
"Milton" by Sir Walter Alexander Raleigh
To call such a man "ambitious," to figure him as the prurient wind-bag described above, seems to me the poorest solecism.
"The Best of the World's Classics, Vol. V (of X) - Great Britain and Ireland III" by Various
SOLECISMS are the violations of the principles of grammar.
"Practical Grammar and Composition" by Thomas Wood
It is a gross solecism to accept a cigar and put it in your pocket; you should not take it unless you smoke it on the spot.
"As A Chinaman Saw Us" by Anonymous
Nothing less than the pacification of the world can excuse such a solecism.
"The Works of Lord Byron, Volume 2" by George Gordon Byron
The solitude of the Palais Royal has become a mockery and a solecism.
"Royal Palaces and Parks of France" by Milburg Francisco Mansfield
Shakspeare and Nature never committed such a solecism.
"Characteristics of Women" by Anna Jameson
When the brains are out, why does not a Solecism die?
"Past and Present" by Thomas Carlyle
For what man among you would pardon me one solecism or condone the barbarous pronunciation of so much as one syllable?
"The Apologia and Florida of Apuleius of Madaura" by Lucius Apuleius
But solecisms of various kinds are periodical.
"The Book-Collector" by William Carew Hazlitt
No one but a very young man would venture to commit such a solecism.
"Lover or Friend" by Rosa Nouchette Carey
Well-bred mothers have been known to resent this solecism keenly.
"Social Life" by Maud C. Cooke
In my early Oxford days, a married Fellow would have sounded like a solecism.
"My Autobiography" by F. Max Müller
Hazlitt was quite incapable of such a solecism.
"Hours in a Library" by Leslie Stephen
I admit the commonness of the expression, but it is not the less a solecism.
"Notes and Queries, Number 233, April 15, 1854" by Various
His dreadful solecisms were quite proverbial in Lancia.
"The Grandee" by Armando Palacio Valdés
This last is, in my opinion, a vile method, and a solecism in authorship.
"Hazlitt on English Literature" by Jacob Zeitlin
It would be a solecism to say he looked as though a fortune had been left him.
"Command" by William McFee
The term free slave is a solecism.
"Three Prize Essays on American Slavery" by R. B. Thurston
Indeed, literal translation of poetry is a solecism.
"The Lusiad" by Luís de Camões
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In poetry:

Waste not your Weed, the Leaves are all too few
It's Nectar to defile as Others do -
Ah, shun the Solecism and the Plug
For Cattle-Kings and Stevedores to chew.
"The Rubáiyát of Omar Khayyám Jr." by Wallace Irwin
As is your name, so is your comely face
Touch'd every where with such diffused grace,
As that in all that admirable round,
There is not one least solecism found;
And as that part, so every portion else
Keeps line for line with beauty's parallels.
"To The Handsome Mistress Grace Potter" by Robert Herrick

In news:

SOLEC-Solar Energy Corp. Has announced the launch of its new website, www.solec.org.
The new site contains a totally reorganized format for the engineering and scientific data that SOLEC provides, said the company.
"No other grammatical issue has so divided the nation since the split infinitive was declared to be a solecism," says Fowler's.
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