Figures of Speech – Antiphrasis with Examples

Stylistic Devices – Antiphrasis

What is antiphrasis?

Antiphrasis is a figure of speech in which a word or phrase is used to mean the opposite of its normal meaning to create ironic humorous effect. From the Greek : anti “opposite” and phrasis, “diction”. The adjective form is antiphrastic.

Examples of antiphrasis

He’s only a child of 50 years old.

She’s so beautiful. She has an attractive long nose.

“Get in , little man,” he told his fat old friend.

It is a cool 45 degrees Celsius in the shade.

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