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Meaning of ANTONOMASIA

 
Webster's 1913 Dictionary
 
 Definition: 
\An`to*no*ma"si*a\ (?; 277), n. [L., fr. Gr. ?, fr.
? to name instead; ? + ? to name, ? name.] (Rhet.)
The use of some epithet or the name of some office, dignity,
or the like, instead of the proper name of the person; as
when his majesty is used for a king, or when, instead of
Aristotle, we say, the philosopher; or, conversely, the use
of a proper name instead of an appellative, as when a wise
man is called a Solomon, or an eminent orator a Cicero.

 

 

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