figure of abuse

  1. An anglicization of the Latin figure abusio (=catachresis).
  2. In a more general sense, "abuse" refers to rhetorical vices, or, in a positive sense, to the rhetorical habit of employing a word in a sense at odds with its original use (see metaphor or trope).

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Gideon O. Burton, Brigham Young University
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