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Definition of malapropism noun from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary

 

malapropism

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NAmE//ˈmæləprɑˌpɪzəm//
 
 
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an amusing mistake someone makes when they use a word that sounds similar to the word they wanted to use, but means something different From Mrs. Malaprop, a character in Richard Brinsley Sheridan's play The Rivals, who confuses words like this all the time.
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