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autonomasia (uncountable)

  1. (rhetoric) The use of a word of common or general signification for the name of a particular thing, as in "he has gone to town" for "he has gone to London".

Part or all of this entry has been imported from the 1913 edition of Webster’s Dictionary, which is now free of copyright and hence in the public domain. The imported definitions may be significantly out of date, and any more recent senses may be completely missing.
(See the entry for autonomasia in
Webster’s Revised Unabridged Dictionary, G. & C. Merriam, 1913.)