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What is antonomasia?

 

Definition
 

Antonomasia is

 
  • the use of a proper name to stand for something else having an attribute associated with that name, or
  • the use of a general term to stand for a referent having a proper name.
Examples (English)
 
  • The use of a Solomon to stand for "a wise man"
  • The use of Land of Lakes to stand for "Minnesota"
Generic
  Antonomasia is a kind of
 
Sources
 

Pei and Gaynor 1954 15

 

Corbett 1971 485

 

Gove 1966 97


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