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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.
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Adj.1.metonymical - using the name of one thing for that of another with which it is closely associated; "to say `he spent the evening reading Shakespeare' is metonymic because it substitutes the author himself for the author's works"
figurative, nonliteral - (used of the meanings of words or text) not literal; using figures of speech; "figurative language"
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However, research so far has not highlighted the potential qualitative difference of metonymical relations in compound meaning construction.
The tools used to emphasize these substrata are not metaphorical but metonymical in nature: thus the importance of irony and allegory, and the implicit condemnation of the symbol and the neo-orphic manner of composing verse.
As can be seen, Myles examined the whole question of neutrality and ideological repression focusing as much as he could on controversial topics in a very implicit, comic and metonymical manner so as to avoid the censor's eye.
But the metonymical invocation of "Tombuctoo"--rather than the more general sense of the alternate expression, "to the ends of the earth"--makes us focus on a place name.
Cooper persuasively argues that Guston's late work functions via metonymy; the same can be said of the closing page of The Maximus Poems: "Metaphor attempts to reinstall being through a substitution or condensation, but metonymy frustrates that move by extending the initial substitution into an endless chain of displacements, a 'veering off of signification.' In this way Lacan, as he himself concludes, 'links metaphor to the question of being and metonymy to its lack.' Desire, one might summarize, is metonymical ..." ("RG," 116-17).
This metonymical link between the hand and the self is present in colloquial language.
The significance of these republications stems from precisely the metonymical function these spoofs come to represent, wherein their simplistic visual images reduce the problematic nature of Hezbollah's strategic decisions to visual metaphors.
The metonymical references to multiple wildlife embodiments serve to expand the effects of the psychic trajectory of the child hunter.
The heart of Villanelle is a metonymical representation of her emotionality, perhaps even spirituality, which she must recover from her estranged husband, the Cook.
Says Otterberg, "the later Journal [...] [favors] a more pragmatic empiricism and solid rootedness in natural phenomena actually observed by the writer." "That Thoreau's stylistic economy eventually becomes frugal with metaphorical and metonymical anthropocentrisms, to instead lavish itself with empirical observation, is true enough," says Otterberg.