- the use of an epithet or title in place of a name, as in calling a judge his honor
- the use of a proper name in place of a common noun which it represents, as in calling a philanderer a Don Juan
Origin of antonomasiaClassical Latin ; from Classical Greek ; from antonomazein, to call by another name ; from anti-, instead of + onomazein, to name ; from onoma, name
- The substitution of a title or epithet for a proper name, as in calling a sovereign “Your Majesty.”
- The substitution of a personal name for a common noun to designate a member of a group or class, as in calling a traitor a “Benedict Arnold.”
Origin of antonomasiaLatin, from Greek antonomazein, to name instead : anti-, instead of; see anti– + onomazein, to name (from onoma, name; see n&obremac;-men- in Indo-European roots).
(countable and uncountable, plural antonomasias)