metalepsis

noun meta·lep·sis \ ˌmetᵊlˈepsə̇s \

Definition of metalepsis

plural metalepses \-ˌsēz\
: a figure of speech consisting in the substitution by metonymy of one figurative sense for another

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Origin and Etymology of metalepsis

Latin, from Greek metalēpsis, literally, alteration, participation, from metalambanein to exchange, participate in, from meta- + lambanein to take


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