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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.
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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
ˌmetoˈnymically adv
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(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.
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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
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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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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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nMetonymie f
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* All quotations are taken from Denise Green, Metonymy in Contemporary Art: A New Paradigm (Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press, 2005).
Though Shelley is convinced that the language poets use "is vitally metaphorical," he warns that "if no new poets should arise to create afresh the associations which have been thus disorganized, the language of poetry will be dead to all the nobler purposes of human intercourse." Peterfreund reaches back to Jakobson's distinction between metaphor and metonymy to explain what he identifies as a "dyadic dynamic" in language: Metaphor is forward-looking, whereas metonymy is backward-looking.
Of course, the metonymy also extends to the lives of and economic realities enmeshing the white-collar workers whose bodies Havel bids us imagine and thence to corporate hierarchies and all that they imply.
On the other hand, cognitive linguists have often focused on the flexibility of categories other than verbs in relation to such issues as metaphor, metonymy and polysemy.
Schmittau (2003) has identified the problem of generative metonymy as an impediment to mathematical understanding.
Metonymy 'proves to be an important trope, perhaps the signal trope, for understanding those aspects of medieval Christianity [ ...
Interestingly, rap music's metaphors of materialism exhibit significant metonymy. Metonymy, while metaphoric in nature, is distinguishable from metaphors proper in that it involves a part standing for the whole (wheels for a car, the law for police officers) or an individual example standing for a related general category (a mother for motherhood) (Chandler 125-39).
"Word" here is a metonymy, where a part stands for the whole.
Visual Metonymy and Synecdoche: Rhetoric for Stage-setting Images
Coverage includes an overview of science history and how the scientific method appropriated rhetorical invention theory during the rise of science; the role of analogy in the process of interpreting data in a scientific experiment; the nature of some scientific theories as evidenced through analysis of the metaphors on which they are constructed; an examination of the way that the trope of metonymy plays a role in how physicists have perceived the existence of their experimental data; and the implications for research in the rhetoric of science and also the teaching of writing in composition and in technical and scientific writing.
In this group, Du Bellay receives the highest marks from the author, who offers a compelling analysis of the rejection of metaphor in favor of simile and metonymy in the Regrets.
These diverse essays are intended to exemplify an approach to Renaissance scholarship that Bergeron calls 'interrogative metonymy'.