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me·ton·y·my

 (mə-tŏn′ə-mē)
n. pl. me·ton·y·mies
A figure of speech in which one word or phrase is substituted for another with which it is closely associated, as in the use of Washington for the United States government or of the sword for military power.

[Late Latin metōnymia, from Greek metōnumiā : meta-, meta- + onuma, name; see nō̆-men- in Indo-European roots.]

met′o·nym′ic (mĕt′ə-nĭm′ĭk), met′o·nym′i·cal adj.
met′o·nym′i·cal·ly adv.

metonymy

(mɪˈtɒnɪmɪ)
n, pl -mies
(Grammar) the substitution of a word referring to an attribute for the thing that is meant, as for example the use of the crown to refer to a monarch. Compare synecdoche
[C16: from Late Latin from Greek: a changing of name, from meta- (indicating change) + onoma name]
metonymical, ˌmetoˈnymic adj
ˌmetoˈnymically adv

me•ton•y•my

(mɪˈtɒn ə mi)

n.
a figure of speech in which the name of one object or concept is used for that of another to which it is related, as “scepter” for “sovereignty,” or “the bottle” for “strong drink.”
[1540–50; < Late Latin metōnymia < Greek metōnymía change of name; see met-, -onym, -y3]
met•o•nym•ic (ˌmɛt əˈnɪm ɪk) met`o•nym′i•cal, adj.
met`o•nym′i•cal•ly, adv.

metonymy

a rhetorical or stylistic device in which one thing is named or referred to by the name of another, related thing; for example, the use of White House in referring to the presidential administration. — metonym, n. — metonymous, metonymie, metonymical, adj.
See also: Names
a rhetorical or stylistic device in which one thing is named or referred to by the name of another, related thing; for example, the use of White House for the presidential administration. — metonym, n. — metonymous, metonymic, metonymical, adj.
See also: Rhetoric and Rhetorical Devices

metonymy

1. An expression in which the name of something is used to mean something that is related to it, as in “die by the sword” to mean “die by violence.”
2. Use of a suggestive or related word instead of naming the thing meant.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.metonymy - substituting the name of an attribute or feature for the name of the thing itself (as in `they counted heads')
figure of speech, trope, image, figure - language used in a figurative or nonliteral sense
metalepsis - substituting metonymy of one figurative sense for another
voice - (metonymy) a singer; "he wanted to hear trained voices sing it"
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66 "Et certe si objectum cognitionis fingentis, nec habet actu esse, nec habere potest, praeter illud quod recipit formaliter a cognitione fingente, jam denominatio ficti, solam dicet formam extrinsecam, et nullum dicet subjectum denominationis, quod habeat actu vel potentia aliquod esse, praeter id quod recipit a forma extrinseca: et sic forma extrinseca nihil denominabit nisi seipsam, sibique ipsi erit extrinseca"; ibid.
18-20: "Ac certe, etiamsi respiciendo ad corpus hydrope laborans, sit tantum denominatio extrinseca, cum dicitur ejus natura esse corrupta .
Cicero], IV xxxii 43: Denominatio est quae ab rebus propinquis et finitimis trahit orationem qua possit intellegi res quae non suo vocabulo sit appellata.