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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.
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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
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(ˌæn tə nəˈmeɪ ʒə)

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.
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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
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The use of a person’s title instead of his or her name, or the use of a name to stand for an idea.
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[ˌæntənəˈmeɪzɪə] n (frm) → antonomasia
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She was the widow of King Archipiela, her lord and husband, and of their marriage they had issue the Princess Antonomasia, heiress of the kingdom; which Princess Antonomasia was reared and brought up under my care and direction, I being the oldest and highest in rank of her mother's duennas.
it was not verses that conquered me, but my own simplicity; it was not music made me yield, but my own imprudence; my own great ignorance and little caution opened the way and cleared the path for Don Clavijo's advances, for that was the name of the gentleman I have referred to; and so, with my help as go-between, he found his way many a time into the chamber of the deceived Antonomasia
But there was one hitch in this case, which was that of inequality of rank, Don Clavijo being a private gentleman, and the Princess Antonomasia, as I said, heiress to the kingdom.
En definitiva, una obra que nos acerca al periodo de la vida de Aquiles Ratti, inmediatamente anterior a su elevacion al solio pontificio, que nos permite examinar la unica mision diplomatica a la que se enfrento antes de tomar las riendas de la Iglesia y que permite conocer el estado de los estudios y de la bibliografia particular sobre una de las <<naciones martires>> por antonomasia.
Astuta Aracne, arana por antonomasia, al atardecer ara las almohadas de ambiciosos andariegos asegurandose atarlos cuando aterrizan las alondras, asi las aves aguardan la alborada anudando en las ansias acechantes de aquellos alocados audaces que al andar de aca para alla amenazan las areas de acceso a las iluminaciones.