solecism
[ sol-uh-siz-uhm ]
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Part of Speech noun
Origin + Etymology
mid 16th century; Greek from French solécisme, or via Latin from Greek soloikismos, from soloikos ‘speaking incorrectly’
Synonyms
    1.
  • impropriety
  • barbarism
  • misjudgment
  • slip
    2.
  • blunder
  • error
  • mistake
  • misusage
  • cacology
Antonyms
    1.
  • certainty
  • correctness
  • civility
  • formality
  • courtesy
    2.
  • accuracy
  • correction
  • truth
  • praise
  • amenity
Definition
1. a breach of good manners or etiquette
2. a nonstandard or ungrammatical usage
Examples
1. A) He committed a large solecism by staying on his phone the entire dinner. B) Not covering your mouth when coughing is considered a solecism for many people.
2. A) Avoid solecisms during presentations to prevent receiving a bad grade. B) Everyone noticed her solecism in speech and couldn't take her seriously.
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