antonomasia

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an·to·no·ma·sia

 (ăn′tə-nə-mā′zhə)
n.
1. The substitution of a title or epithet for a proper name, as in calling a sovereign "Your Majesty."
2. The substitution of a personal name for a common noun to designate a member of a group or class, as in calling a traitor a "Benedict Arnold."

[Latin, from Greek antonomazein, to name instead : anti-, instead of; see anti- + onomazein, to name (from onoma, name; see nō̆-men- in Indo-European roots).]

an′to·no·mas′tic (-măs′tĭk) adj.
an′to·no·mas′ti·cal·ly adv.

antonomasia

(ˌæntənəˈmeɪzɪə)
n
1. (Rhetoric) the substitution of a title or epithet for a proper name, such as his highness
2. (Rhetoric) the use of a proper name for an idea: he is a Daniel come to judgment.
[C16: via Latin from Greek, from antonomazein to name differently, from onoma name]
antonomastic adj
ˌantonoˈmastically adv

an•to•no•ma•sia

(ˌæn tə nəˈmeɪ ʒə)

n.
1. the substitution of an epithet or appellative for an individual's name, as his lordship.
2. the use of the name of a person or character noted for a particular characteristic, as Casanova, to designate a person or class having the same characteristic.
[1580–90; < Latin < Greek, derivative of antonomázein to call by a new name]
an`to•no•mas′tic (-ˈmæs tɪk) adj.
an`to•no•mas′ti•cal•ly, adv.

antonomasia

1. the use of an epithet or appellative for an individual’s name, as his excellency.
2. the use of a proper name to express a general idea or to designate others sharing a particular characteristic, as a Rockefeïler. — antonomastic, adj.
See also: Names

antonomasia

The use of a person’s title instead of his or her name, or the use of a name to stand for an idea.
Translations

antonomasia

[ˌæntənəˈmeɪzɪə] n (frm) → antonomasia