dict.org

The DICT Development Group


Search for:
Search type:
Database:

Database copyright information
Server information
Wiki: Resources, links, and other information


3 definitions found
 for malapropism
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  malapropism \mal"a*prop*ism\, n. [From Mrs. Malaprop, a
     character in Sheridan's drama, " The Rivals," who makes
     amusing blunders in her use of words. See Malapropos.]
     A grotesque misuse of a word; a word so used.
     [1913 Webster]

From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

  malapropism
      n 1: the unintentional misuse of a word by confusion with one
           that sounds similar [syn: malapropism, malaprop]

From Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0 :

  87 Moby Thesaurus words for "malapropism":
     Irish bull, abuse of terms, acrostic, alliteration, allusion,
     amphibologism, amphiboly, anacoluthon, anadiplosis, anagram,
     analogy, anaphora, anastrophe, antiphrasis, antithesis,
     antonomasia, apophasis, aporia, aposiopesis, apostrophe, barbarism,
     bull, calembour, catachresis, chiasmus, circumlocution, climax,
     conversion, corruption, ecphonesis, emphasis, equivocality,
     equivoque, exclamation, fluff, folk etymology, gemination,
     grammatical error, hypallage, hyperbaton, hyperbole,
     hypercorrection, hyperform, infelicity, inversion, irony,
     jeu de mots, litotes, logogram, logogriph, malaprop, marrowsky,
     meiosis, metagram, metaphor, metonymy, misconstruction,
     mispronunciation, missaying, misusage, onomatopoeia, oxymoron,
     palindrome, paregmenon, parenthesis, paronomasia, periphrasis,
     personification, play on words, pleonasm, preterition, prolepsis,
     pun, punning, regression, repetition, sarcasm, simile, similitude,
     solecism, spoonerism, syllepsis, symploce, synecdoche,
     ungrammaticism, wordplay, zeugma
  
  

Questions or comments about this site? Contact webmaster@dict.org