Definition for SOL'E-CISM

SOL'E-CISM, n. [Gr. σολοικισμος, said to be derived from Soli, a people of Attica, who being transplanted to Cilicia, lost the purity of their language.]

  1. Impropriety in language, or a gross deviation from the rules of syntax; incongruity of words; want of correspondence or consistency. A barbarism may be in one word; a solecism must be of more. – Johnson, from Cicero.
  2. Any unfitness, absurdity or impropriety. – B. Jonson. Cesar, by dismissing his guards and retaining his power, committed a dangerous solecism in politics. – Middleton.

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