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 Cilicia.] 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 of syntax. [1913 Webster]

A barbarism may be in one word; a solecism must be of more. --Johnson. [1913 Webster]

2. Any inconsistency, unfitness, absurdity, or impropriety, as in deeds or manners. [1913 Webster]

C[ae]sar, by dismissing his guards and retaining his power, committed a dangerous solecism in politics. --C. Middleton. [1913 Webster]

The idea of having committed the slightest solecism in politeness was agony to him. --Sir W. Scott. [1913 Webster]

Syn: Barbarism; impropriety; absurdity. [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.


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  • solecism — index catachresis, irregularity, misuse Burton s Legal Thesaurus. William C. Burton. 2006 …   Law dictionary

  • solecism — 1570s, from M.Fr. solécisme, from L. soloecismus mistake in speaking or writing, from Gk. soloikismos to speak (Greek) incorrectly, from soloikos ungrammatical utterance, properly a speaking like the people of Soloi, from Soloi, Athenian colony… …   Etymology dictionary

  • solecism — *anachronism …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • solecism — ► NOUN 1) a grammatical mistake. 2) an instance of bad manners or incorrect behaviour. DERIVATIVES solecistic adjective. ORIGIN Greek soloikismos, from soloikos speaking incorrectly …   English terms dictionary

  • solecism — [säl′ə siz΄əm] n. [L soloecismus < Gr soloikismos < soloikos, speaking incorrectly, after Soloi, city in Cilicia, whose dialect was a corrupt form of Attic] 1. a violation of the conventional usage, grammar, etc. of a language;… …   English World dictionary

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  • Solecism — [ Brewer s Dictionary of Phrase and Fable ] explains solecism as follows:Misapplication of words; an expression opposed to the laws of syntax; so called from the city of Soli, in Cilicia, where an Athenian… …   Wikipedia

  • Solecism —    A grammatical mistake, a blunder, or any deviation from correct idiom is, in English, termed a solecism. The word s history can be traced to the Greek city of Soloi in ancient Cilicia, which was in what is today southern Turkey.    Soloi was… …   Dictionary of eponyms

  • solecism — UK [ˈsɒlɪˌsɪz(ə)m] / US [ˈsɑləˌsɪzəm] noun [countable] Word forms solecism : singular solecism plural solecisms formal 1) a mistake in the use of language 2) something that is not considered to be polite behaviour …   English dictionary