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The use of a word or phrase in a sense contrary to its normal meaning for ironic or humorous effect, as in a mere babe of 40 years.
[Late Latin, from Greek, from antiphrazein, to express by the opposite : anti-, anti- + phrazein, to speak; see phrase.]
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(Rhetoric) rhetoric the use of a word in a sense opposite to its normal one, esp for ironic effect
[C16: via Late Latin from Greek, from anti- + phrasis, from phrazein to speak]
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an•tiph•ra•sis(ænˈtɪf rə sɪs)
the use of a word in a sense opposite to its proper meaning, esp. for ironic effect.
[1525–35; < Latin < Greek, derivative of antiphrázein to speak the opposite]
an•ti•phras•tic (ˌæn tɪˈfræs tɪk) adj.
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the satirical or humorous use of a word or phrase to convey an idea exactly opposite to its real significance, as Shakespeare’s “honorable men” for Caesar’s murderers. — antiphrastic, adj.See also: Literature
the use of a word in a sense opposite to its proper meaning. — antiphrastic, antiphrastical, adj.See also: Rhetoric and Rhetorical Devices
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The use of a word to mean the opposite of its usual meaning, especially for ironic effect.
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|Noun||1.||antiphrasis - the use of a word in a sense opposite to its normal sense (especially in irony)|
rhetorical device - a use of language that creates a literary effect (but often without regard for literal significance)
irony - a trope that involves incongruity between what is expected and what occurs
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