metalepsis

[ 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

1580–90; < Latin < Greek metálēpsis, equivalent to meta- meta- + lēp-, variant stem of lambánein to take + -sis -sis

OTHER WORDS FROM metalepsis

met·a·lep·tic, met·a·lep·ti·cal, adjectivemet·a·lep·ti·cal·ly, adverb
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