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

Word History


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

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“Metalepsis.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 22 Jun. 2024.

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