noun, plural met·a·lep·ses [met-uh-lep-seez] /ˌmɛt əˈlɛp siz/. Rhetoric.
the use of metonymy to replace a word already used figuratively.
Origin of metalepsis
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Contemporary Examples of metalepsis
Indeed, it is the most common form of metalepsis, designed to confuse the audience.Demonization Is No Excuse
November 20, 2012
Historical Examples of metalepsis
Metalepsis carries us so far, but synecdoche must supplement it.A History of Epidemics in Britain, Volume II (of 2)