Definition of solecism in English:

solecism

Syllabification: sol·e·cism
Pronunciation: /ˈsäləˌsizəm
 
, ˈsōləˌsizəm
 
/

noun

1A grammatical mistake in speech or writing.
More example sentences
  • This year, it seems likely that a number of my fellow countrymen will be spending a good deal of time pedantically pursuing punctuation rules and grumbling at grammatical solecisms.
  • This, I believe, is the only grammatical solecism Esther perpetrates in her long narrative.
  • Everyone in the publishing process should report a solecism that would otherwise go undetected - a misspelling, a grammatical error.
Synonyms
(grammatical) mistake, error, blunder
informal howler, blooper
1.1A breach of good manners; a piece of incorrect behavior.
More example sentences
  • But he never brooked any solecism in behaviour inside his courtroom.
  • The question is not whether Mourinho commits these solecisms: every week provides a new instance of a Mourinhism that raises the hackles of stout-hearted, stout-drinking English yeomen.
  • In any case, it was unlikely that John would commit any solecism of protocol, since he was already well acquainted with her, she having been one of his wife's bridesmaids.
Synonyms
faux pas, gaffe, impropriety, social indiscretion, infelicity, slip, error, blunder, lapse
informal slip-up, boo-boo, goof, blooper, flub

Origin

mid 16th century: from French solécisme, or via Latin from Greek soloikismos, from soloikos 'speaking incorrectly'.

Derivatives

solecistic

Pronunciation: /ˌsäləˈsistik, ˌsō-/
adjective
More example sentences
  • Fiske's entry declares sternly that ‘trepidatious’ is "solecistic for fearful (and similar words);" he offers ‘uneasy’ and ‘anxious’ as well as ‘fearful.’
  • The barbaric and solecistic functions of language are used in order to attract attention to important aspects of a text, and they are associated with provocation, renewal, transgression and upheaval.
  • But of course what they send up here bears as much relationship to the original model as the solecistic phrase ‘honing in’ bears to the more accurate and traditional ‘homing in.’

Definition of solecism in:

Get more from Oxford Dictionaries

Subscribe to remove ads and access premium resources

Word of the day animalcule
Pronunciation: ˌanəˈmalˌkyo͞ol
noun
a microscopic animal