Cat`a*chre"sis (?), n. [L. fr. Gr. misuse, fr. to misuse; against + to use.] Rhel.

A figure by which one word is wrongly put for another, or by which a word is wrested from its true signification; as, "To take arms against a sea of troubles.

" Shak. "Her voice was but the shadow of a sound." Young.


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