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  • adj. of, or relating to metonymy

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Same as metonymic.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adj. using the name of one thing for that of another with which it is closely associated


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  • This is what we call a metonymical extension - where a word extends its meaning to something contiguous with its original meaning (and may or may not eventually abandon its original meaning) e.g. "glass" means both the substance and something such as a drinking vessel made of glass.

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  • Sure, he provides plenty of linguistic examples of the types of mappings metaphorical, metonymical, polysemic, etc., and even the types of inferences made, but no description of how any of this occurs.

    Archive 2004-09-01

  • Moreover, by showing how Tokyo has always been both more and less than the capital city of Japan–a metonymical place for all things national, I use the history of Tokyo and its rivers to show how the city worked as a nexus amidst several layers of cultural, social, and economic networks–local, regional, national, imperial and international.

    Capital and Water: The Role of Rivers in Tokyo City Planning, 1880s-1940s

  • Moreover, this form of speech, that the stone shall be Beth-el, is metonymical; as we are sanctioned, by common usage, to transfer to external signs what properly belongs to the things represented.

    Commentary on Genesis - Volume 2

  • Secondly, It is not a presence by virtue of a metonymical denomination, or an expression of the cause for the effect, that is intended.


  • Many reasons might be given of this metonymical expression, that I shall not now insist on.

    Of the Mortification of Sin in Believers

  • Wherefore this expression is metonymical, that being spoken of the cause which is proper to the effect; the Spirit being said to be poured forth, because his graces are so.


  • This mode of speaking is metonymical, and the word carnal "flesh," is used instead of carnal, by

    The Works of James Arminius, Vol. 2

  • The first mode is synecdochical, the second common, the third metonymical; I add that the third might properly be called catachrestic if we attend to the just distinction of these members.

    The Works of James Arminius, Vol. 3

  • The word lo'gos itself has at times the metonymical sense here given to it, and therefore en anoi'xei tou sto'mato's is most naturally taken without emphasis as equivalent to, when I open my mouth, i.e. when called upon to speak.

    A Commentary on the Epistle to the Ephesians


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