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Definition of "solecism" [sol•e•cism]

  • A nonstandard usage or grammatical construction. (noun)
  • A violation of etiquette. (noun)
  • An impropriety, mistake, or incongruity. (noun)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "solecism" in a sentence
  • "Analogously, in the non-criminal spheres the worst solecism is to be different."
  • "Again, to use our old solecism, that is the lesser part of the truth; the greater part, for men of religion, is that Jesus is of God, that He belongs to Him."
  • "For what is called a solecism is nothing else than the putting of words together according to a different rule from that which those of our predecessors who spoke with any authority followed."