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.
Origin of antonomasia
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Historical Examples of 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
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
Word Origin for antonomasia
C16: via Latin from Greek, from antonomazein to name differently, from onoma name
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