[ met-uh-lep-sis ]
/ ˌmɛt əˈlɛp sɪs /
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.
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Origin of metalepsis
OTHER WORDS FROM metalepsismet·a·lep·tic, met·a·lep·ti·cal, adjectivemet·a·lep·ti·cal·ly, adverb
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Example sentences from the Web for metalepsis
Indeed, it is the most common form of metalepsis, designed to confuse the audience.
Metalepsis carries us so far, but synecdoche must supplement it.A History of Epidemics in Britain, Volume II (of 2)|Charles Creighton