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1. A nonstandard usage or grammatical construction.
2. A violation of etiquette.
3. An impropriety, mistake, or incongruity.
[Latin soloecismus, from Greek soloikismos, from soloikizein, to speak incorrectly, from soloikos, speaking incorrectly, after Soloi (Soli), an Athenian colony in Cilicia where a dialect regarded as substandard was spoken.]
1. (Grammar) the nonstandard use of a grammatical construction
2. any mistake, incongruity, or absurdity
3. a violation of good manners
[C16: from Latin soloecismus, from Greek soloikismos, from soloikos speaking incorrectly, from Soloi an Athenian colony of Cilicia where the inhabitants spoke a corrupt form of Greek]
ˌsoleˈcistic, ˌsoleˈcistical adj
sol•e•cism(ˈsɒl əˌsɪz əm, ˈsoʊ lə-)
1. a nonstandard or ungrammatical usage, as unflammable or they was.
2. a breach of good manners or etiquette.
3. any error, impropriety, or inconsistency.
[1570–80; < Latin soloecismus < Greek soloikismós=sóloik(os) (Sólo(i) a city in Cilicia where a corrupt form of Attic Greek was spoken + -ikos -ic) + -ismos -ism]
a violation of conventional usage and grammar, as “I are sixty year old.” — solecist, n. — solecistic, solecistical, adj.See also: Grammar
A usage that constitutes a breach of the standard rules of grammar or syntax.
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