Origin of metonymy
Related Words for metonymysymbol, image, analogy, similitude, emblem, personification, allegory, hope, metonymy, trope, allusion, anticlimax, antithesis, bathos, comparison, conceit, device, euphemism, euphuism, exaggeration
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Historical Examples of metonymy
Whether it be synecdoche, metaphor, or metonymy, there is still a figure.History of the Great Reformation, Volume IV
J. H. Merle D'Aubign
The metonymy is founded on the relation of one thing to another.
The principal varieties of the trope are the metonymy and the metaphor.
In both cases the term so approximates to the meaning of Earth, doubtless by metonymy, as to be indistinguishable from it.
By metonymy from this supreme and metropolitan quarter of Greece, it means the whole country.
noun plural -mies
Word Origin for metonymy
1560s, from French métonymie (16c.) and directly from Late Latin metonymia, from Greek metonymia, literally "a change of name," related to metonomazein "to call by a new name; to take a new name," from meta- "change" (see meta-) + onyma, dialectal form of onoma "name" (see name (n.)). Figure in which the name of one thing is used in place of another that is suggested by or associated with it (e.g. the Kremlin for "the Russian government"). Related: Metonymic; metonymical.