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  • n. The use of a word from one word class or part of speech as if it were from another. Typically, and for example, the use of a noun as if it were a verb.


Based on Ancient Greek ἀντί (anti) + μέρος (meros). (Wiktionary)



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  • The canonical example is "I'll unhair thy head", and I can't believe everybody doesn't have unhair favorited.

    October 8, 2007

  • In rhetoric, anthimeria (traditionally and more properly called antimeria) is the use of a word as if it were a member of a different word class (part of speech); typically, the use of a noun as if it were a verb.

    October 8, 2007