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WordNet 3.0Copyright Princeton University


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n. - Substituting the name of an attribute or feature for the name of the thing itself (as in `they counted heads').

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  • Verbs such as enjoy in the sentence "students enjoyed the book" exhibit logical metonymy: "enjoy" is interpreted as "enjoy reading".
  • "metonymy" is a blind, mutilated metonymy — in fact, more of a catachresis than a metonymy.
  • The technique that McCloud uses in the second panel is called metonymy -- creating the meaning for something by showing a related thing.
  • The news media like to employ a figure of speech called metonymy and regularly claim to have received statements from streets and buildings. for more
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