Definition of catachresis in English:

catachresis

noun

  • [mass noun] The use of a word in an incorrect way, for example the use of mitigate for militate.

    • ‘English and American studies, especially, seemed to be focusing on narrative and drama in ways that excluded from study bizarre and interesting phenomena such as obsessive rhythm and catachresis.’
    • ‘Its transformation seems more catachresis than irony, more a twisted similarity than an inversion or negation.’

Origin

Mid 16th century: from Latin, from Greek katakhrēsis, from katakhrēsthai misuse, from kata- down (expressing the sense ‘wrongly’) + khrēsthai use.

Pronunciation:

catachresis

/ˌkatəˈkriːsɪs/