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n. pl. cat·a·chre·ses (-sēz)
1. The misapplication of a word or phrase, as the use of blatant to mean "flagrant."
2. The use of a strained figure of speech, such as a mixed metaphor.

[Latin catachrēsis, improper use of a word, from Greek katakhrēsis, excessive use, from katakhrēsthai, to misuse : kata-, completely; see cata- + khrēsthai, to use; see gher- in Indo-European roots.]

cat′a·chres′tic (-krĕs′tĭk), cat′a·chres′ti·cal (-tĭ-kəl) adj.
cat′a·chres′ti·cal·ly adv.
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Adj.1.catachrestic - constituting or characterized by or given to catachresis
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The subject of that evaluative gaze appears, we might say, in a kind of catachrestic split, seeing itself being seen as an administrative problem and a statistical entity (part of a "population").
Revealing the violent underpinnings of 'Pax Britannica' through allegory and intertextuality, the testimony renders it catachrestic.