Definition of malapropism noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



BrE BrE//ˈmæləprɒpɪzəm//
; NAmE NAmE//ˈmæləprɑːpɪzəm//
Linguistic devices
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an amusing mistake somebody makes when they use a word which sounds similar to the word they wanted to use, but means something different See related entries: Linguistic devices Word Originmid 19th cent.: from the name of the character Mrs Malaprop in Sheridan's play The Rivals (1775) + -ism.
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