antiphrasis

2 definitions found

From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]:

Antiphrasis \An*tiph"ra*sis\, noun [L., fr. Gr. ?, fr. ? to express by antithesis or negation.] (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. Antiphrastic

From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) [wn]:

antiphrasis

noun

1: the use of a word in a sense opposite to its normal sense (especially in irony)


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