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Related to metonymy: synecdoche


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.


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


(mɪˈtɒn ə mi)

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.


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


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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The topics are the poetics of friendship; salut and the metonymy of poetic nomination; of contemporaneity: a talk by Deguy for Derrida; a poet's duty: Deguy's deconstructive poethics; Derrida's How to Name; calling names: Derrida, Deguy, and spectropoetics; and salut, ethics, and quasi-atheistic transcendence.
Two of the major processes that may entail word--class change are the ones which are often cited as the major types of figurative extension of meaning: metaphor and metonymy.
3) A fuller theorization of synecdoche, metonymy, and scale is outside the scope of this essay, but I conclude with a brief discussion of the synecdoche/metonymy distinction and its purchase on how concerns of scientism have inflected skepticisms of both "close reading" during the 1940s and 50s and "distant reading" in the twenty-first century.
Luminescence and the dog's instincts towards the invisible map a complex semantic metonymy that are behind Hecuba's transformation and names of places such as Kynos-sema for the Thracian promontory.
To put it somewhat too schematically: chapter 1 (Plath) is about metaphor, chapters 2 (Rich) and 3 (AIDS poetry) are about address, and chapters 4 (Graham) and 5 (Howe) are about metonymy.
Metonymy and metaphor identification: methological issues
This paper focuses on metaphor, but it observes that another figure of speech, metonymy, has always had a place in museums, but has not been appreciated as such in critical analysis.
On the other hand, English Metonymy is "A figure of speech in which the name of an attribute or a thing is substituted for the thing itself' Penguin Dictionary (1998).
Despite the remarkable interest that the study of visual tropes in advertising has generated in recent times, the conceptualization of pain by means of pictorial metaphor and metonymy in this genre is yet to be explored.
Metonymy is therefore a distinctive feature of nineteenth-century description.
In this study we will employ the external constraints put forward by the LCM (see Ruiz de Mendoza and Mairal 2007), which take the form of high level metaphor and metonymy, in order to account for the subsumption (or integration) of the verbs under consideration into intransitive causal constructions.
Attention/salience subsumes construal operations that relate to the ability to distribute one's focus of attention on various details of a scene, such as metonymy, granularity of view, and selection of salient elements.