Autonomasy Au`to*nom"a*sy, n. [Auto- + Gr. ? a name, fr. ? a name; or for E. antonomasia.] (Rhet.) The use of a word of common or general signification for the name of a particular thing; as, ``He has gone to town,'' for, ``He has gone to London.'' [1913 Webster]

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  • autonomasy — autoˈnomasy Derived in mod. Dicts. from Gr. αὐτός self + ὀνοµασία naming, and explained as the use of a common name in a connexion in which it acquires an accepted specific sense; e.g. ‘town’ for ‘London,’ ‘river’ for ‘Thames,’ in ‘He is in town …   Useful english dictionary

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