malapropism

[ mal-uh-prop-iz-uhm ]

Part of Speech

noun

Definition

an act or habit of misusing words ridiculously, especially by the confusion of words that are similar in sound

Origin + Etymology

from the name of the character Mrs Malaprop in Sheridan's play The Rivals (1775) + -ism

Synonyms

  • misapplication
  • misuse

Antonyms

  • correct
  • praise

Example

The young professional's malapropism made his manager chuckle when he said the "physical" versus "fiscal" year.

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