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metalepsis

[met-uh-lep-sis] /ˌmɛt əˈlɛp sɪs/
noun, plural metalepses
[met-uh-lep-seez] /ˌmɛt əˈlɛp siz/ (Show IPA).
Rhetoric
1.
the use of metonymy to replace a word already used figuratively.
Origin of metalepsis
1580-1590
1580-90; < Latin < Greek metálēpsis, equivalent to meta- meta- + lēp-, variant stem of lambánein to take + -sis -sis
Related forms
metaleptic, metaleptical, adjective
metaleptically, adverb
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