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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.
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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
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me•ton•y•my(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.”
met•o•nym•ic (ˌmɛt əˈnɪm ɪk) met`o•nym′i•cal, adj.
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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
-Ologies & -Isms. Copyright 2008 The Gale Group, Inc. All rights reserved.
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.
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|Noun||1.||metonymy - substituting the name of an attribute or feature for the name of the thing itself (as in `they counted heads')|
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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