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mal·a·prop·ism

 (măl′ə-prŏp-ĭz′əm)
n.
1. Ludicrous misuse of a word, especially by confusion with one of similar sound.
2. An example of such misuse.

[From malaprop.]

mal′a·prop′i·an (-prŏp′ē-ən) adj.

malapropism

(ˈmæləprɒpˌɪzəm)
n
1. (Literary & Literary Critical Terms) the unintentional misuse of a word by confusion with one of similar sound, esp when creating a ridiculous effect, as in I am not under the affluence of alcohol
2. (Literary & Literary Critical Terms) the habit of misusing words in this manner
[C18: after Mrs Malaprop in Sheridan's play The Rivals (1775), a character who misused words, from malapropos]
ˈmalaprop, ˌmalaˈpropian adj

mal•a•prop•ism

(ˈmæl ə prɒpˌɪz əm)

n.
1. a confused use of words in which an appropriate word is replaced by one with similar sound but ludicrously inappropriate meaning.
2. an instance of this, as in “Lead the way and we'll precede.”
[1840–50; after Mrs. Malaprop, a character in Sheridan's The Rivals (1775)]

malapropism

1. the unconscious use of an inappropriate word, especially in a cliché, as fender for feather in “You could have knocked me over with a fender.” [Named after Mrs. Malaprop, a character prone to such uses, in The Rivals, by Richard Brinsley Sheridan]
2. an instance of such misuse. Cf. heterophemism.
See also: Language

malapropism

Unintentional use of a wrong word for one that it sounds like.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.malapropism - the unintentional misuse of a word by confusion with one that sounds similarmalapropism - the unintentional misuse of a word by confusion with one that sounds similar
misstatement - a statement that contains a mistake
Translations
perronisme

malapropism

[ˈmæləprɒpɪzəm] Nlapsus m inv linguae, equivocación f de palabras

malapropism

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