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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