antiphrasis


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the use of a word in a sense opposite to its normal sense (especially in irony)

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7) The antiphrasis as a euphemistic resource plays a crucial role in the metaphors DEATH IS A JOYFUL LIFE and TO DIE IS TO LIVE IN MEMORY.
One form of irony Chretien uses in Lancelot is antiphrasis, one of the examples of which, in the words of a medieval manual on the subject, is "to praise a lecher for his chastity.
Based on simultaneity of meaning reminiscent of paradox or antiphrasis, irony questions certainty, doubt, and their relationship and allows for an ambiguity signalled in the most positive way by Corneille's drama and his commentaries on dramatic art.
Connection" of this sort signifies an antiphrasis, a radical disconnection of word and meaning in the term itself.
Baudelaire's antiphrasis at the outset of the poem Justice's
cohyponymic transfer, antiphrasis, auto-antonomy, and auto-converseness, the absence of pertinent cases may simply be due to their great rareness; nothing, for example, should prevent in principle a diminutive pattern from turning into an augmentative one through extended antiphrastic use of diminutives, followed by a reinterpretation (e.
linguistic chaos, "the terms retained to designate acts are consistent with no principle of legal specialisation", names being "arbitrary and fallacious, the most common elements within this linguistic lie being approximation, euphemism and the antiphrasis.
sex as food and gardens), antiphrasis, litotes, foreign words as substitutes for more common ones, metonymy, periphrasis, syneedoche, ellipsis, wish formulae, and folk etymologies.
The speaker of Bishop's poem repeatedly asserts that it is, but the assertion does not become any truer for that: on the contrary, it is that form of irony called antiphrasis, opposite speaking.
These blue flowers, with their romantic connotation, are the emblematic image of the ambiguous that we are trying to abolish, because they could pass for an antiphrasis, even if the whole of the novel rests on the border between dream and reality and gives hope of opening onto the dream.
In the introduction to Alien Cantica Alberto Granese, quoting Luigi Fontanella, writes that Rimanelli's poems have "stressed the author's particular 'centrifugal lexicon,' with 'a gratified, sarcastic and freewheeling use of many rhetorical devices, with a predominance of antiphrasis, alliteration, calembours, metonymy, epanalepsis, hyperbaton; thus running over a wide expressive gamut, from the plebeian to the sublime, from specialized technical terms to classical literary language, obtaining, at times, a pastiche of burgeoning intensity.
In the same way, antiphrasis is the process of interpreting a word as meaning the opposite of what it says about itself.
A second vituperatio combines misogynistic themes with an extensive use of antiphrasis, a device frequently found in comic poets of the Sienese school (Cecco Angiolieri, Meo de' Tolomei, Muscia da Siena): 'Donna vecosa (et) gentil piu ch'arlotto, I morbida piu che pelle di spinoso | col naso all'erta (et) chol viso chae ioso, | bene a tuo modo m'ai richoncio (et) chotto' (R, XXXII.
his infrequent use of antiphrasis, one of the most common ironical devices; or his eloquent employment of ironic silences.
Voisin-Fougere systematically examines this novel in terms of its manifestation of each element of an extensive taxonomy of irony, consisting of antiphrasis, emphasis, comparison, metaphor, oxymoron, mise en abyme, paralipsis, euphemism, asyndeton, and parataxis, among other 'indices figuratifs' and strategies of ironic silence and dissimulated authorial presence.