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Solecism   Listen

A socially awkward or tactless act.  Synonyms: faux pas, gaffe, gaucherie, slip.

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"Solecism" Quotes from Famous Books

... [110] This solecism is found in the Irish as well as in the Scottish Gaelic translation. The Manks translation has avoided it. In the Irish version and in the Scottish Gaelic version of 1767, a similar instance occurs in Acts, ii. 20, an la mor ...
— Elements of Gaelic Grammar • Alexander Stewart

... any more intimate conversation, and Richard had certainly committed a solecism in giving Cicely's letter the precedence over the Earl's. The Queen, however, had recalled her caution, and inquired for the health of the Lord and Lady, and, with a certain sarcasm on her lips, trusted that the peace ...
— Unknown to History - A Story of the Captivity of Mary of Scotland • Charlotte M. Yonge

... introduced in the "Conquest of Granada," our author had previously introduced the Moors bowing to the image of Jupiter; a gross solecism, hardly more pardonable, as Langbaine remarks, than the introduction of a pistol in the hand of Demetrius, a successor of Alexander the Great, which Dryden has ...
— The Works Of John Dryden, Vol. 7 (of 18) - The Duke of Guise; Albion and Albanius; Don Sebastian • John Dryden

Words linked to "Solecism" :   blooper, foul-up, boo-boo, fuckup, boner, gaucherie, faux pas, slip, blunder, pratfall, botch, bungle, bloomer, flub, gaffe

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