metalepsis

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n metalepsis substituting metonymy of one figurative sense for another
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Metalepsis (Rhet) The continuation of a trope in one word through a succession of significations, or the union of two or more tropes of a different kind in one word.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n metalepsis A rhetorical figure or trope assumed by some ancient writers, and supposed to consist in substituting a word for a synonym or homonym. which latter is at the same time understood in a metaphorical or transferred sense: as, “sable caverns” for “black caverns,” this in its turn meaning “dark or gloomy caverns.”
    • n metalepsis In chem., same as metalepsy.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Metalepsis met-a-lep′sis (rhet.) a compound figure that consists in uniting two or more different tropes in the same word, or in so using a word as to suggest two or three different figures by it
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
L., fr. Gr. participation, alteration, fr. to partake, to take in exchange; beyond + to take
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Gr.