metonymy metonymy


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


  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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