[ 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

1580–90; <Latin <Greek, verbid of antonomázein to call by a new name, equivalent to ant-ant- + onomat- stem of ónomaname + -ia-ia

OTHER WORDS FROM antonomasia

an·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
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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.

British Dictionary definitions for antonomasia

/ (ˌæntənəˈmeɪzɪə) /

noun rhetoric

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 antonomasia

antonomastic (ˌæntənəˈmæstɪk), adjectiveantonomastically, adverb

Word Origin for antonomasia

C16: via Latin from Greek, from antonomazein to name differently, from onoma name
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