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solecism

Definition:

a socially awkward or tactless act

Class:

act noun (acts and actions)

Plural:

solecisms

Original source:

Princeton WordNet

Synonyms:

faux pas [French] | gaff | gaffe | gaucherie | slip

Etymology:

Middle French solécisme, from Latin soloecismus "mistake in speaking or...
(Source: Online Etymology)  [more]

Definition references

Wikipedia:

Solecism

a phrase which trespasses grammatical boundaries. The word was originally used by the Greeks for what they perceived as mistakes in their language. Ancient Athenians considered the dialect of the inhabitants of their colony Soli in Cilicia to be a ... (40 of 475 words)

en​.wikipedia​.org​/wiki​/Solecism

Collins Dictionary:

solecism | solecist [noun, derived]

the nonstandard use of a grammatical construction | any mistake, incongruity, or absurdity | a violation of good manners (17 of 340 words, 3 definitions, 4 usage examples, pronunciation)

www​.collinsdictionary​.com​/dictionary​/english​/solecism

Merriam-Webster:

solecism | familiarity [synonym, sense-specific] | faux pas [synonym, sense-specific] | gaff [synonym, sense-specific] | gaffe [synonym, sense-specific] | indiscretion [synonym, sense-specific] | impropriety [synonym, sense-specific] | amenity [antonym, sense-specific] | attention [antonym, sense-specific] | ...

an ungrammatical combination of words in a sentence ; also, a minor blunder in speech | something deviating from the proper, normal, or accepted order ... (24 of 156 words, 3 definitions, 1 usage example, pronunciations)

www​.merriam-webster​.com​/dictionary​/solecism

Wiktionary:

solecism | solecisms [plural] | solœcism [archaic, sense-specific] | absurdity [synonym, sense-specific]

Erroneous or improper usage; absurdity. | [grammar] Error in the use of language. | In written language, the intentional use of misspelling and/or incorrect grammar to effect the vernacular of a particular dialect. | A faux pas or breach of etiquette;... (38 of 145 words, 4 definitions, 7 usage examples, pronunciations)

en​.wiktionary​.org​/wiki​/solecism

New World Dictionary:

solecism | solecist [noun, related] | solecistic [adjective, related] | solecistically [adverb, related]

a violation of the conventional usage, grammar, etc. of a language; ungrammatical use of words (Ex.: "We done it" for "We did it") | a violation of ... (26 of 65 words, 3 definitions, pronunciation)

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/solecism

Oxford Dictionary:

solecism | solecistic [derived]

a grammatical mistake in speech or writing. | a breach of good manners; an instance of incorrect behaviour. (17 of 59 words, 2 definitions, pronunciations)

oxforddictionaries​.com​/definition​/english​/solecism

American Heritage Dictionary:

solecism | solecist [noun, related] | solecistic [adjective, related]

A nonstandard usage or grammatical construction. | A violation of etiquette. | An impropriety, mistake, or incongruity. (15 of 54 words, 3 definitions, pronunciation)

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/solecism

Macmillan British Dictionary:

solecism [countable, formal] | solecisms [plural]

a mistake in the use of language | something that is not considered to be polite behaviour (16 of 41 words, 2 definitions, pronunciation)

www​.macmillandictionary​.com​/dictionary​/british​/solecism

Random House Dictionary:

solecism

a nonstandard or ungrammatical usage, as "unflammable" and "they was". | a breach of good manners or etiquette. | any error, impropriety, or ... (21 of 31 words, 3 definitions, pronunciation)

dictionary​.infoplease​.com​/solecism

Cambridge Dictionary:

solecism [formal]

behaviour that is a social mistake or is not polite | a grammatical mistake (13 of 26 words, 2 definitions, 2 usage examples, pronunciations)

dictionary​.cambridge​.org​/dictionary​/british​/solecism

Britannica Encyclopedia:

slip [crystals]

in engineering and physics, sliding displacement along a plane of one part of a crystal relative to the rest of the crystal under the action of ... (26 of 205 words)

www​.britannica​.com​/E​Bchecked​/topic​/548788​/slip

Encarta Dictionary:

solecism | solecisms [plural]

a mistake in grammar or syntax | something incorrect, inappropriate, or inconsistent | an action that breaks the rules of etiquette or good manners (22 of 90 words, 3 definitions, pronunciations)

encarta​.msn​.com​/dictionary 1861710114​/definition​.html  [offline]

Etymology references

Online Etymology:

solecism

First use: 1570s

Origin: Middle French solécisme, from Latin soloecismus "mistake in speaking or writing", from Greek soloikismos "to speak (Greek) ... (18 of 43 etymology words)

www​.etymonline​.com​/index​.php term=solecism

Wiktionary:

solecism | solecisms [plural]

Origin: the Ancient Greek σολοικισμός (soloikismos), from σόλοικος (soloikos, "speaking incorrectly"), from Σόλοι (Soloi), an ancient Athenian colony in Cilicia whose inhabitants spoke a... (23 of 36 etymology words)

en​.wiktionary​.org​/wiki​/solecism

American Heritage Dictionary:

solecism

Origin: Latin soloecismus, from Greek soloikismos, from soloikizein, to speak incorrectly, from soloikos, speaking ... (13 of 30 etymology words)

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/solecism

Merriam-Webster:

solecism

First use: about 1555

Origin: Latin soloecismus, from Greek soloikismos, from soloikos speaking incorrectly, literally, inhabitant of Soloi, from Soloi, ... (17 of 29 etymology words)

www​.merriam-webster​.com​/dictionary​/solecism

Collins Dictionary:

solecism

First use: 16th century

Origin: from Latin soloecismus, from Greek soloikismos, from soloikos speaking incorrectly, from Soloi an Athenian colony of ... (18 of 28 etymology words)

www​.collinsdictionary​.com​/dictionary​/english​/solecism

New World Dictionary:

solecism

Origin: Latin soloecismus from Greek soloikismos from soloikos, speaking incorrectly, after Soloi, city in Cilicia, whose dialect was a corrupt form of Attic

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/solecism

Oxford Dictionary:

solecism

First use: mid 16th century

Origin: French solécisme, or via Latin from Greek soloikismos, from soloikos "speaking incorrectly"

oxforddictionaries​.com​/definition​/english​/solecism

Encarta Dictionary:

solecism | solecisms [plural]

First use: Mid-16th century

Origin: Directly or via French from Latin soloecismus from Greek soloikismos from soloikos "speaking incorrectly", literally "of Soloi" ... (19 of 31 etymology words)

encarta​.msn​.com​/dictionary 1861710114​/definition​.html  [offline]

Audio references

Wiktionary:

solecism | solecisms [plural]

Audio: North American English pronunciation of "solecism"

en​.wiktionary​.org​/wiki​/solecism

Collins Dictionary:

solecism

Audio: British English pronunciation of "solecism"

www​.collinsdictionary​.com​/dictionary​/english​/solecism

Macmillan British Dictionary:

solecism [countable, formal] | solecisms [plural]

Audio: British English pronunciation of "solecism"

www​.macmillandictionary​.com​/dictionary​/british​/solecism

Macmillan American Dictionary:

solecism [countable, formal] | solecisms [plural]

Audio: North American pronunciation of "solecism"

www​.macmillandictionary​.com​/dictionary​/american​/solecism

Cambridge Dictionary:

solecism [formal]

Audio 1: British English pronunuciation of "solecism"

Audio 2: North American English pronunuciation of "solecism"

dictionary​.cambridge​.org​/dictionary​/british​/solecism

the Free Dictionary:

solecism

Audio 1: British English pronunciation of "solecism"

Audio 2: North American English pronunciation of "solecism" by speech synthesizer

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Google Dictionary:

solecism | solecisms [plural]

Audio: English pronunciation of "solecism"

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Merriam-Webster Pronunciation:

solecism

Audio: North American pronunciation of "solecism"

www​.merriam-webster​.com​/audio​.php file=soleci​01 word=solecism

YourDictionary Audio:

solecism

Audio: North American English pronunciation of "solecism" by speech synthesizer

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/solecism

freedictionary.org:

solecism

Audio: North American English pronunciation of "solecism" by speech synthesizer

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