metonymy metonymy

Definition(s):

  • (n) substituting the name of an attribute or feature for the name of the thing itself (as in `they counted heads')

Usage(s):

  1. Other familiar standbys are paradox ("We have nothing to fear but fear itself"), metaphor ("Just the kiss of the hops"), metonymy ("The full dinner pail"), parody (a Norwegian .
  2. Although the committee decided that the most arcane lit terms (metonymy, for instance) won't appear on the SAT, terms like simile are now fair game.

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