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addaword.gifdefinition of parapraxis

noun
a mistake made when saying something, which reveals something hidden about the speaker, rather like a Freudian slip
Another example of a parapraxis that follows the classic description: a former nurse who was being treated in a psychiatric hospital referred to her roommate in the hospital with the words, "my patient," thus expressing her wish to be a member of the staff rather than an object of professional ministrations.
Submitted from United Kingdom on 13/03/2013 12:40:00
Definition of parapraxis from the Open Dictionary – a public resource hosted by Macmillan English Dictionary Online

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