autonomasy

Autonomasy

Au`to*nom"a*sy\, n. [Auto- + Gr. ? a name, fr. ? a name; or for E. antonomasia.] (Rhet.) The use of a word of common or general signification for the name of a particular thing; as, "He has gone to town," for, "He has gone to London."
Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary, © 1996, 1998 MICRA, Inc.
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