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



    BrE BrE//ˈsɒlɪsɪzəm//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈsɑːlɪsɪzəm//
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  1. 1a mistake in the use of language in speech or writing
  2. 2an example of bad manners or unacceptable behaviour a social solecism
  3. Word Originmid 16th cent.: from French solécisme, or via Latin from Greek soloikismos, from soloikos ‘speaking incorrectly’.
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: solecism