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Meaning of METONYMY

Pronunciation:  mi'tânumee

 
WordNet Dictionary
 
 Definition: 
[n]  substituting the name of an attribute or feature for the name of the thing itself (as in `they counted heads')
 

METONYMY is a 8 letter word that starts with M.

 

 See Also: figure, figure of speech, image, metalepsis, trope

 

 

Webster's 1913 Dictionary
 
 Definition: 
\Me*ton"y*my\ (?; 277), n. [L. metonymia, Gr. ?; ?,
indicating change + ?, for ? a name: cf. F. m['e]tonymie. See
{Name}.] (Rhet.)
A trope in which one word is put for another that suggests
it; as, we say, a man keeps a good table instead of good
provisions; we read Virgil, that is, his poems; a man has a
warm heart, that is, warm affections.

 

 

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