Figure Name acyron
Source Quintilian 8.2.3-4; Susenbrotus (1540) 11-12 ("acyrologia," "acyron"); Silva Rhetoricae (
Earliest Source None
Synonyms improprietas, uncouthe
Etymology Greek, ak'-y-ron, "without authority" "without authority"
Type Trope
Linguistic Domain Semantic

The use of a word repugnant or contrary to what is meant.


"Never could I have hoped for such great woe" —Aeneid 4.419

Kind Of Opposition
Part Of
Related Figures acyrologia, catachresis
Confidence Unconfident
Last Editor Randy Harris
Confidence Unconfident
Editorial Notes fixed source, added synonyms
Reviewed Yes
Reviewer Ashley Rose Kelly