\Cat`a*chre"sis\, n. [L. fr. Gr. ? misuse, fr. ? to
misuse; kata` against + ? to use.] (Rhet.)
A figure by which one word is wrongly put for another, or by
which a word is wrested from its true signification; as, ``To
take arms against a sea of troubles''. --Shak. ``Her voice
was but the shadow of a sound.'' --Young.