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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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Adv.1.metonymically - in a metonymic manner
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and3ir 'fig', stands metonymically for its properties (ENTITY FOR PROPERTIES).
The idea of death is reinforced when the faithful waiting for confession are referred to metonymically, as beads, feet, and especially, bodies, evoking a line of corpses and the proximity of the noun sockets stirs the image of the empty sockets of a skull in our minds.
With the word muokoke 'the saved', the comforter metonymically reveals the Christians in terms of the saved, and with the utterance nyanya khu lomo 'digest the ideas', the comforter urges the Christians to think before speaking.
Similarly, the metaphorical representation of the Boddingtons beer as a Chinese lantern that metonymically stands for the Chinese district in Manchester, as the text Part of Manchester suggests, highlights the beer origin as a positive attribute in a BEER ORIGIN FOR HIGH QUALITY metonymy.
(12) The term's association with animal dismemberment intensified in the early 1500s when it began to assume several technical denotations in hunting, metonymically designating the decapitated head of a deer placed on top of the animal skin after the quarry, or the ornamental mounting of their antlers.
In particular, the vignettes display a concern that clothing metonymically represents the body; praise of fashion was acceptable as long as the actual female body was not reshaped.
The following two chapters progress metonymically from the rejection of omniscient narration to, inter alia, the question of faith, God, man, isolation, fellowship, and storytelling.
The monologues I saw in Fujairah, meanwhile, were striking in their use of more Eastern rime signatures, multi-poetic settings, and more plural or civic protagonists who could metonymically shift, replace, and layer into each other.
A signifier is an analogy for a signified, and it also operates metonymically within a particular utterance, introducing itself into a concatenation of signifiers connected together to constitute a rational statement.