- the use of metonymy to replace a word already used figuratively.
Origin of metalepsis
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Examples from the Web for metalepsis
Indeed, it is the most common form of metalepsis, designed to confuse the audience.Demonization Is No Excuse
November 20, 2012
Metalepsis carries us so far, but synecdoche must supplement it.A History of Epidemics in Britain, Volume II (of 2)