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ANTONOMASIA

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Originally appearing in Volume V02, Page 151 of the 1911 Encyclopedia Britannica.
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ANTONOMASIA, in rhetoric, the Greek term for a substitution of any epithet or phrase for a proper name; as " Pelides," or " the son of Peleus," for Achilles; " the Stagirite " for Aristotle; " the author of Paradise Lost " for Milton; " the little corporal " for Napoleon I.; " Macedonia's madman " for Alexander the Great, &c. &c. The opposite substitution of a proper name for some generic term is also sometimes called antonomasia; as " a Cicero " for an orator.
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