- n. A name by which Benito Mussolini was known.
- Italian il ("the") + duce ("commander, leader") (Wiktionary)
“Since last September we have been only waiting for the axe to fall, praying Il Duce would remain to shelter us from German reprisal.”
“It took me a few seconds to figure out that these were the framed words of Il Duce himself, and that the dates referred to particular speeches he had given.”
“One morning we walked into town for breakfast and saw that someone had spray-painted graffiti on the wall of Villa Belmonte, where the black cross was fixed near the spot where Il Duce had been shot.”
“And there is nothing to prevent our praying in private for the speedy downfall of Il Duce and Der Führer, is there?””
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From the GNU Webster's 1913:
Antonomasia: "n. The use of some epithet or the name of some office, dignity, or the like, instead of the proper name of the person; as when his majesty is...
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