The use of words in a way opposite with their proper definition as whenever a judge of justice is named a court of vengeance
- using a word in a way opposite to its regular good sense (especially in irony)
- the utilization of terms in this way opposite to their right meaning; as whenever a court of justice is named a courtroom of vengeance.
1530s, from Latin antiphrasis, from Greek antiphrasis, from antiphrazein "to express (anything) because of the opposite," from anti- (see anti-) + phrazein "to consider, to convey" (see expression (n.)).
(letter.) The employment of terms in this way opposite to their correct definition; as whenever a court of justice is called a court of vengeance.