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Antonomasia; an instance of this.
Indication of or reference to something by means of a pronoun.
Early 17th century; earliest use found in Randle Cotgrave (fl. 1587–?1630), lexicographer. From classical Latin prōnōminātiōn-, prōnōminātiō antonomasia from prō- + nōmināt-, past participial stem of nōmināre + -iō, after Hellenistic Greek ἀντονομασία<br>late 19th century; earliest use found in Notes and Queries. From classical Latin prōnōmin-, prōnōmen pronoun + -ation.
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