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    Can you give examples of metonymy? Also, what does "man of the cloth" mean?

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    Re: Metonymy

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    ''A figure of speech in which one word or phrase is substituted for another with which it is closely associated (such as "crown" for "royalty"). Metonymy is also the rhetorical strategy of describing something indirectly by referring to things around it, such as describing someone's clothing to characterize the individual.''
    Source: metonymy - definition and examples of metonymy


    Man of the cloth - a member of the clergy and a spiritual leader of the Christian Church.


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    Re: Metonymy

    Additionally, you might find this interesting/necessary:
    Straight Dope Staff Report: What's the origin of "man of the cloth"?

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    Re: Metonymy

    Quote Originally Posted by avitaker512 View Post
    Can you give examples of metonymy?
    Town = the inhabitants of a town
    School = the students
    House = the members of the House of Commons / Lords
    The crown = monarchy
    Glass = an article made of glass
    Violin = a musician who plays the violin


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    Re: Metonymy

    Quote Originally Posted by avitaker512 View Post
    Can you give examples of metonymy?

    It's a figure of speech in which something's name is substituted for another name that is either the same or similar in meaning.

    'Westminster' and 'The Houses of Parliament' is one example.

    Also, what does "man of the cloth" mean?

    Another word for a clergyman, or a member of the Christian Church.
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    Re: Metonymy

    Quote Originally Posted by Clark View Post
    Town = the inhabitants of a town
    ...
    ... and Gown [= students, in a university town wear they wear (or wore) academic gowns]

    See the third paragraph of this: Cambridge History UK


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