metonymic

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From Ancient Greek μετωνυμικός (metōnumikos, of or like metonymy), from μετωνυμία (metōnumia, change of name), from μετά (meta, other) + ὄνυμα (onuma, name).

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metonymic (comparative more metonymic, superlative most metonymic)

  1. Of, or relating to, a word or phrase that names an object from a single characteristic of it or of a closely related object.
    The British government is often referred to by the metonymic expression "Downing Street".
    • 1999, Udo Hahn & Katja Markert, "On the Formal Distinction between Literal and Figurative Language", Progress in Artificial Intelligence: 9th Portuguese Conference on Artificial Intelligence, page 140
      With a metonymic expression encountered in almost every sixth utterance, an uncontroversial need for dealing with this problem is demonstrated.

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metonymic (plural metonymics)

  1. A metonym.

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