parapraxis

A lapse of memory or a slip of the tongue, usually revealing a hidden thought

Grandiloquent dictionary. 2006.

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  • parapraxis — (n.) faulty action, blunder, 1904, from Modern Latin, from para contrary (see PARA (Cf. para )) + Gk. praxis a doing, transaction, business, from stem of prattein to do. In psychology, a minor error held to reveal a subconscious motive …   Etymology dictionary

  • parapraxis — [par΄ə prak′sē əpar΄əprak′sis] n. pl. parapraxes [par΄ə prak′sēz΄] [ PARA 1 + PRAXIS] an action in which one s conscious intention is not fully carried out, as in the mislaying of objects, slips of the tongue and pen, etc.: thought to be… …   English World dictionary

  • parapraxis — /par euh prak sis/, n., pl. parapraxes / prak seez/. Psychol. a slip of the tongue or pen, forgetfulness, misplacement of objects, or other error thought to reveal unconscious wishes or attitudes. Cf. Freudian slip. [1935 40; PARA + Gk prâxis act …   Universalium

  • parapraxis — noun a mistake, such as a slip of the tongue, that reveals a concealed thought or motive …   Wiktionary

  • parapraxis — para·prax·is prak səs n, pl prax·es prak .sēz a faulty act (as a Freudian slip) of purposeful behavior * * * para·prax·is (par″ə prakґsis) pl. parapraxґes [para + praxis] a faulty action, as a slip of the tongue (“freudian slip”)… …   Medical dictionary

  • parapraxis — n. failure, unsuccessful action …   English contemporary dictionary

  • parapraxis — para·prax·is …   English syllables

  • parapraxis — par•a•prax•is [[t]ˌpær əˈpræk sɪs[/t]] also par•a•prax•i•a [[t] ˈpræk si ə[/t]] n. pl. prax•es [[t] ˈpræk siz[/t]] also prax•i•as psl a slip of the tongue, misplacement of objects, or other error thought to reveal unconscious motives • Etymology …   From formal English to slang

  • parapraxis — /pærəˈpræksəs/ (say paruh praksuhs) noun Psychology small deviations from normal habit or action, as spoonerisms or other slips of the tongue, supposedly the result of repressed impulses. See Freudian slip. {para 1 + Greek praxis doing, practice} …   Australian English dictionary

  • parapraxis —   n. committing of blunders …   Dictionary of difficult words

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