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  • n. Plural form of metonym.


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  • Some people become synecdoches, symbols or metonyms.

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  • I contend that these texts serve as metonyms for larger sets of associated principles and values, and that their invocation usually is not meant to point to the literal meaning of the text itself.

    Bartrum on The Constitutional Canon as Argumentative Metonymy

  • Christabel are themselves metonyms of their fathers: just as the spell upon Christabel becomes "Lord of [her] utterance," so Geraldine's seduction of daughter and father alike can be read as the revenge of her own father, Lord

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  • Fine, but even better: I desire, therefore you, he, she or it is, according to a mobilized army of metaphors and metonyms and anthropomorphisms.

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  • Rather, my practice will be to take feelings performed within Hemans's text as metonyms which should be linked with material causes, historical implications, and (important in a poem about religion) cultural practices.

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  • The cemeteries themselves are the metonyms of the villages, and the graves of the houses.

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  • Maybe in lieu of dropping all metaphors, liberals should demand we ban metonyms so that tragedies like this will never happen again.

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  • It also has to do with non-stop nightlife in general, with a food culture that never stops, never surrenders to the logic of culinary restraint; it is singing in public, fast-forged comraderies, the smell of food at 5 in the morning, walking along the Han River -- it's a million specific things that are metonyms for the overall greatness of Korean culture itself.

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  • Reference to the designated section in Appendix A reveals a brief discussion of the subject of sex-linked metaphors which quite correctly points out that many common metaphors, metonyms, and allusions refer to males — Achilles 'heel, before you can say Jack Robinson,

    VERBATIM: The Language Quarterly Vol XV No 2

  • I refuse, out of conservatism and sheer curmudgeonliness to give up English grammar (like the "neutral" pronouns of reference) when I cannot paraphrase without losing what little elegance there may be in my writing, and I refuse to sacrifice metonyms, metaphors, allusions, and other figures of speech that contain male referents, substituting "big liar" for Baron Munchhausen and

    VERBATIM: The Language Quarterly Vol XV No 2


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