What does antiphrasis mean?

antiphrasis meaning in General Dictionary

The use of words in a way opposite with their proper definition as whenever a judge of justice is named a court of vengeance

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  • 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.

antiphrasis meaning in Etymology Dictionary

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.)).


antiphrasis meaning in General Dictionary

(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.