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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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2016) are more recent counterparts for Mani's interest in the pathways of translation or the dominance of Western literary worldviews over their more distant, catachrestic others.
Sometimes this is accomplished through a catachrestic use of terms taken from one or the other conceptual field, as in the geometrical vision of personal evolution captured by the lines "My feet strike an apex of the apices of the stairs, / On every step bunches of ages, and larger bunches between the steps.
Silvia, as a kind of forerunner of poststructuralism, chooses to participate in a game of catachrestic substitution in the sense that she invokes air and obfuscates its physical and historical resonances.
I am not sure what it means to write outside the inescapable frames of rhetoric and its constitutive repertoire of tropes--metaphor, prosopopoeia or personification and so on--except, of course, by lapsing into catachrestic forms that found their very facticity and literality on the denegated bodies of dead metaphors.
It's like when people talk about being "half black, half white," a catachrestic identity that cites and conflates incommensurable social imaginarles divided by the metaphorical logic of ratios which produces meaning rather than .
Their efforts to juxtapose fair trade and swaccha vyapar were thus a catachrestic effort to demonstrate the limitations of the value frame of fair trade.
31) The cumulative brilliance of those successive tropes is, however, exceeded by the arresting wit of the poem's final couplet, effected by an epigrammatic convergence of catachrestic imagery and reversal (25-26).
The authors manage to combine a critical review of the theoretical framework (rejecting terms such as 'necessary loan' and 'luxury loan' and opting for alternatives such as 'catachrestic' and 'non-catachrestic loan') with a thorough analysis of their corpus data, which allows them to propose a most interesting refinement of the theory: that the classification of Anglicisms as catachrestic and non-catachrestic must be considered a dynamic one.
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").
Palimpsest histories and catachrestic interventions.