antonomasia
Pronunciation
  • (British) IPA: /ˌæntənəʊˈmeɪzɪə/, /ænˌtɒnəʊˈmeɪzɪə/
  • (America) IPA: /ˌæntənəˈmeɪʒə/
Noun

antonomasia

  1. (rhetoric) The substitution of an epithet or title in place of a proper noun.
    • [1835, L[arret] Langley, A Manual of the Figures of Rhetoric, […], Doncaster: Printed by C. White, Baxter-Gate, OCLC 1062248511 ↗, page 70 ↗:
      Antonomasia proper names imparts
      From kindred, country, epithets, and arts.]
  2. (rhetoric) Use of a proper name to suggest its most obvious quality or aspect.
Related terms
  • autonomasia
Translations


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