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

1580–90; < Latin < Greek metálēpsis, equivalent to meta- meta- + lēp-, variant stem of lambánein to take + -sis -sis
Related formsmet·a·lep·tic, met·a·lep·ti·cal, adjectivemet·a·lep·ti·cal·ly, adverb Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for metalepsis

Contemporary Examples of metalepsis

  • Indeed, it is the most common form of metalepsis, designed to confuse the audience.

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    Demonization Is No Excuse

    Hussein Ibish

    November 20, 2012

Historical Examples of metalepsis