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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :
Solecism \Sol"e*cism\, n.[F. sol['e]cisme, L. soloecismus, Gr.
soloikismo`s, fr. soloiki`zein to speak or write incorrectly,
fr. so`loikos speaking incorrectly, from the corruption of
the Attic dialect among the Athenian colonists of So`loi in
1. An impropriety or incongruity of language in the
combination of words or parts of a sentence; esp.,
deviation from the idiom of a language or from the rules
A barbarism may be in one word; a solecism must be
of more. --Johnson.
2. Any inconsistency, unfitness, absurdity, or impropriety,
as in deeds or manners.
Caesar, by dismissing his guards and retaining his
power, committed a dangerous solecism in politics.
The idea of having committed the slightest solecism
in politeness was agony to him. --Sir W.
Syn: Barbarism; impropriety; absurdity.
From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :
n 1: a socially awkward or tactless act [syn: faux pas,
gaffe, solecism, slip, gaucherie]
From Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0 :
80 Moby Thesaurus words for "solecism":
Irish bull, anachronism, anacoluthon, antiphrasis, argument,
argument by analogy, argumentum ad baculum,
argumentum ad captandum, argumentum ad hominem, bad case,
barbarism, begging the question, bloomer, blooper, blunder, boner,
boo-boo, boob, botch, breach, break, bull, bungle, catachresis,
circular argument, claptrap, corruption, crowd-pleasing argument,
empty words, error, fallacy, fault, faux pas, flub, fluff,
folk etymology, formal fallacy, fumble, gaffe, gaucherie,
grammatical error, hypercorrection, hyperform, hysteron proteron,
impropriety, incongruity, inconsistency, indecorum, indiscretion,
infelicity, insincere argument, lapse, logical fallacy, malaprop,
malapropism, marrowsky, material fallacy, mere rhetoric,
misconstruction, mispronunciation, missaying, mistake, misusage,
moonshine, non sequitur, paralogism, petitio principii,
philosophism, pseudosyllogism, slip, sophism, sophistry,
spoonerism, stupidity, ungrammaticism, verbal fallacy,
vernacularism, violation, vulgarism, weak point
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