[ an-tuh-nuh-mey-zhuh ]
/ ˌæn tə nəˈmeɪ ʒə /
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Rhetoric. the identification of a person by an epithet or appellative that is not the person's name, as his lordship.
the use of the name of a person who was distinguished by a particular characteristic, as Don Juan or Annie Oakley, to designate a person or group of persons having the same characteristic.
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Origin of antonomasia
OTHER WORDS FROM antonomasiaan·to·no·mas·tic [an-tuh-noh-mas-tik], /ˌæn tə noʊˈmæs tɪk/, an·to·no·mas·ti·cal, adjectivean·to·no·mas·ti·cal·ly, adverb
Words nearby antonomasia
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Example sentences from the Web for antonomasia
Antonomasia is, whych for ye proper name putteth some other word: As: the Archebyshop confuted the errour, for Cranmer.A Treatise of Schemes and Tropes|Richard Sherry
British Dictionary definitions for antonomasia
/ (ˌæntənəˈmeɪzɪə) /
the substitution of a title or epithet for a proper name, such as his highness
the use of a proper name for an ideahe is a Daniel come to judgment
Derived forms of antonomasiaantonomastic (ˌæntənəˈmæstɪk), adjectiveantonomastically, adverb
Word Origin for antonomasia
C16: via Latin from Greek, from antonomazein to name differently, from onoma name
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