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Meaning of catachresis

cat•a•chre•sis

Pronunciation: (kat"u-krē'sis), [key]
— n.
  1. misuse or strained use of words, as in a mixed metaphor, occurring either in error or for rhetorical effect.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.
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