Definition for AN-TO-NO-MA'SIA, or AN-TO-NOM'A-SY

AN-TO-NO-MA'SIA, or AN-TO-NOM'A-SY, n. [Gr. αντι, and ονομα, name.]

The use of the name of some office, dignity, profession, science, or trade, instead of the true name of the person; as, when his majesty is used for a king, lordship for a nobleman. Thus instead of Aristotle, we say, the philosopher; a grave man is called a Cato; an eminent orator, a Cicero; a wise man, a Solomon. In the latter examples, a proper name is used for an appellative; the application being supported by a resemblance in character. – Encyc.

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