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(Gr. metonymia "changing of name") is a trope in which the name of a thing is replaced by the name of an associated thing. One name is used instead of another.
the following types of metonymy are differentiated:
1. the abstract stands foe the concrete
2. the container is mentioned instead of the contents
3. the material instead of the thing made of it
4. the maker of the thing made
5. the instrument is put for the agent
6. a part is put for the whole (synecdoche)
he had several Picassos (paintings of Picasso). (metonymy)
we need some new faces (metonymy) around here.
his pen (metonymy) is rather sharp (about an author).
he sat just near the cold green eyes (metonymy).
by Saiane March 04, 2011
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