1. using the name of one thing for that of another with which it is closely associated
    to say `he spent the evening reading Shakespeare' is metonymic because it substitutes the author himself for the author's works
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How To Use metonymical In A Sentence

  • Rather, she keeps close to home, a location that metonymically signals that her interests are congruous with the interests of her husband and family.
  • First one must register his anti-Idealism, his antipathy toward the idea becoming metonymical litotes for such.
  • The actual subject herself only appears once or twice; the ‘portrait’ is built up metonymically, in terms of the objects the mother once wore or used: chemises, girdles, shoes, lipsticks, false teeth.
  • Although Burke's conventional definition of synecdoche (a part for the whole) sounds strikingly similar to metonymy, it functions for him as a corrective to metonymical excess.
  • In a metalepsis, a word is substituted metonymically for a word in a previous trope, so that a metalepsis can be called, maddeningly but accurately, a metonymy of a metonymy. Jihad Monitor
  • Often one piece of clothing, such as the cheongsam or kimono, supposedly metonymically represents all Asian culture.
  • On the one hand, in common usage, the term ‘grammar’ metonymically represents linguistic organization, even language itself, tacitly subsuming areas such as vocabulary and pronunciation.
  • Sure, he provides plenty of linguistic examples of the types of mappings metaphorical, metonymical, polysemic, etc., and even the types of inferences made, but no description of how any of this occurs. Archive 2004-09-01
  • The first mode is synecdochical, the second common, the third metonymical; I add that the third might properly be called catachrestic if we attend to the just distinction of these members. The Works of James Arminius, Vol. 3
  • This mode of speaking is metonymical, and the word carnal "flesh," is used instead of carnal, by The Works of James Arminius, Vol. 2
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