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the use of a word in a sense opposite to its proper meaning.
(rhetoric) the use of a word in a sense opposite to its normal one, esp for ironic effect

1530s, from Latin antiphrasis, from Greek antiphrasis, from antiphrazein “to express (something) by the opposite,” from anti- (see anti-) + phrazein “to consider, to express” (see phrase (n.)).


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