Catachresis in a Sentence 🔊

Definition of Catachresis

the misuse of words on purpose, usually as a stylistic writing effect

Examples of Catachresis in a sentence

When writing, the author used a catachresis when he replaced “stuffed” with “stuck”. 🔊

Surely you were using a catachresis when you said, “his cheating is the straw that broke the elephant’s back.” 🔊

Shakespeare misused words in his work, with one example being the catachresis in the line “"His complexion is perfect gallows." 🔊

My readers thought my misuse of words was an accident, but the replacement was actually a catachresis.  🔊

The poet’s catachresis made a mixed metaphor when he replaced the word “mouse” with “mouth”.  🔊

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