metonymy definition

  • noun:
    • A figure of speech for which one word or term is replaced for the next with which its closely connected, as in using Washington for US federal government or of the sword for military power.
    • the employment of a single characteristic or title of an object to recognize an entire object or relevant object.
    • A metonym.
    • A trope for which one-word is placed for the next that suggests it
    • In rhetoric, change of name; a trope or figure of address that is made up in replacing title of one thing for that of another that the previous bears a known and close connection.
    • replacing the name of an attribute or feature for the name regarding the thing itself (as in `they counted minds')

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