antiphrastical

antiphrasis

[an-tif-ruh-sis]
noun Rhetoric.
the use of a word in a sense opposite to its proper meaning.

Origin:
1525–35; < Latin < Greek, derivative of antiphrázein to speak the opposite (anti- anti- + phrázein to speak); see phrase, sis

antiphrastic [an-ti-fras-tik] , antiphrastical, adjective
antiphrastically, adverb
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antiphrasis (ænˈtɪfrəsɪs)
 
n
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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antiphrasis
1530s, from L., from Gk. antiphrasis, from antiphrazein "to express (something) by the opposite, from anti- + phrazein "to consider, to express" (root of phrase).
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