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- 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.
- Synonym: metonymical
metonymic (plural metonymics)
- a metonym
metonym — see metonym